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Started by: Susan Read

Early July

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Contribution from Susan Read 18 July 2012, 20:52top / bottom of page

plus one more, Saxifrage ?bryoides

One spelling error the hut is Plauener

Contribution from Susan Read 18 July 2012, 21:42top / bottom of page

I would like to know whether the phytuema is P. hemisphaericum. The above 2 pics are of the plant shown earlier as P. ?orbiculare which I do not believe it is but I see no bracts around the flower which the former should have, according to the books.

Contribution from Susan Read 19 July 2012, 14:01top / bottom of page

The following day the weather looked unpromising and I chose to revisit the Stillup valley in order to explore further than on the May visit. A bus runs beyond the reservoir (to the Gruenewand Hut) where the road becomes a track. This is where I found orchids and trumpet gentians in May, however, by July it had been heavily grazed.

Continuing towards the Kasseler Hut

Above Pyrola media, Alpine rose and a Martagon lily with heavily spotted petals

Yet more S.paniculata and a Sempervivum ?sp....no cobweb but bright pink flowers.

Though the ground was grazed the many huge rocks were worth investigation....and just one white C. barbata a very hairy one.

At this point the rain sets in and the clouds close in.

Above, 2 sticky plants

Sadly going back down the valley with umbrella in one hand and camera in other

above thyme ,yellow foxglove and Arnica.

Well insulated remains of an avalanche

Finally the clouds lifted making me wish I had joined the only other people I had met who were sheltering and hoping the rain would stop.

It is well worth walking back down to the reservoir (rather than bussing down) since views of the valley and its waterfalls open up before you.

Some people do the entire walk from town to the reservoir. The road is narrow and private and has little traffic. The banks drip with moss ferns and Aruncus


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