Saturday, 6 April 2019

Alpenrose


Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com
A little low growing Alpenrose bush.

On the side of Saaser Alp at 1940 metres above sea level I found lots of Alpenrose Rhododendron ferrugineum. The plant makes small low growing bushes tucked in around rocks and shallow depressions in the mountain side just above the tree line. I was too late for the pink flowers, which had finished to leave rusty swelling seed capsules.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com
The remains of the flowers.

The plants were covered in azalea galls, caused by the fungus Exobasidium vaccinii.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com
Azalea gall on Alpenrose.

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1 comment:

Katie Zeller said...

I loved walking in the Pyrenees when we lived in Andorra. This time of year there were wild tulips, rhododendron, grandalia... so many gorgeous little flowers

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