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Plants in the Wild: Oetztal Alps August 2011

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Contribution from Susan Read 02 May 2012, 16:53top / bottom of page

Near the border the Zoll hut is well downhill on the Austrian side, not used but still in good condition.

Looking down on the hut over an area called Tote Boden, which botanically it is.

The rewards for this hike were: Silene acaulis (poor colour), Gentiana brachyphylla and Ranunculus glacialis

Contribution from Ken Curtis 02 May 2012, 21:15top / bottom of page

Susan,

Thanks for sharing your photos. I always enjoy seeing where your adventures have taken you and the wonderful plants along the way.

Contribution from Susan Read 03 May 2012, 10:16top / bottom of page

Ken, thanks for your comment. I have a few more. Also on day 5 another white saxifrage, S. hypnoides. There are several nodding buds, I am afraid not easily seen in this picture.

Paths are supplied with good bridges, yet I met no other walkers (with the exception of a cheerful group of about 14 from the UK of course)

Back down in the valley a Gentianella. Should I call it G campestris with 5 petals or G amarella with unequal sepals? It looks just like the ones on the Berkshire Downs at home.

Day 6. The Gaisbergtal near Obergurgl

Contribution from Susan Read 03 May 2012, 10:47top / bottom of page

This is the valley shown in the 3rd picture. It is well known to rock collectors and is at the base of Granatkogel (garnet mtn). For this reason the area near the glacier snout was busy and noisy. Along the way the rocks vied with the flowers for attention.

S paniculata also formed rather impressive carpets

A third white saxifrage, S bryoides. this trip turned out to be an exercise in identifying white saxifrages and I hope I have got them right.

A few rocks

At the glacier snout

Back down the valley Parnassia, myosotis and Campanula cochlearifolia


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