Sunday, 12 July 2015

Austria June 2015 Mayrhofen Flowers - Part 2

One day we visited the Krimml Falls which are lower down and, as a result of the spray from the falls, were quite wet woodland.
Here I found
Lesser Wintergreen - Pyrola minor

One-flowered Wintergreen - Moneses Uniflora

Streptopus amplexifolius

Coralroot Orchid - Corallorhiza trifida

May Lily - Maianthemum bifolium

Orchid species were not so numerous although I struggle with the various Spotted Orchids - Dactylorhiza species

There were also
Fragrant Orchid - Gymnadenia conopsea

and by far the most unusual
Black Vanilla Orchid - Nigritella nigra

I also saw Common Twayblade, Lesser butterfly Orchid and Small White Orchid

Alpine Stonecrop - Sedum alpestre

Dark Stonecrop - Sedum atratum

Alpine Pasque Flower - Pulsatilla alpina

Paniculate Saxifrage - Saxifraga paniculata

Leafless-Stemmed Globularia - Globularia nudicaulis

Bearded Bellflower - Campanula barbata

Brown Clover - Trifolium badium

Dark Rampion - Phyteuma ovatum
Betony-leaved Rampion - Phyteuma betonicifolium (?)

The Rampions are part of the Campanula family, but are as far away from Bellfkowers as you can get. This group is one where trying to identify them from the book afterwards backfires as the leaves are important
Heartsease  - Viola tricolor

Lupin - Lupinus nootkatensis
Wayfaring Tree - Viburnum lantana

 Fly Honeysuckle - Lonicera xylosteum

Dusky Cranesbill - Geranium phaeum
Dark Mullein - Verbascum nigrum 

Alpenrose - Rhododendron ferrugineum

These are another of the feature plants of The Alps. They can always be found on postcards in the towns, but I nearly always find that they will be out next week, whether they ever are I don't know. When they are in full flower the effect must be similar to the heather on the Yorkshire Moors, but taht's another plant that needs careful timing to see it at its best.
Well that's a taste of what I saw during two weeks holiday in the Austrian Alps.

1 comment:

  1. Just catching up on you flower posts, stunning photos and lots of nice finds. Rich in colour and looking very lush, have this idea the whole place is dry and dusty! The Rampion plants are lovely and Black Vanilla Orchid. Lovely two post looking at the flowers...
    Amanda xx