Saturday, 16 June 2012

Gentians of Ordesa

The Pyrenees is a gentian lovers paradise, with several species of these alpine gems growing in profusion at high altitude.

Trumpet Gentian Gentiana prostrata near Refuge de Goriz in Ordesa and Pyrenean Trumpet Gentian Gentiana occidentalis just below the summit of Punta Acuta. The latter is identified by its sepal teeth which narrow at the base and its pointed petal lobes.

Southern Gentian Gentiana alpina.

Spring Gentians Gentiana verna.

I couldn't resist these two photos, the first is a Spring Gentian with a Ladybird in the centre, and the second is a white gentian, which I think is Spring Gentian, but it was a lot smaller than the others.

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