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Title: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 21, 2007, 10:57:18 PM
Just got back from Andalucia, here's a few shots.  The first few are from limestone habitats roughly halfway between Ronda and Granada.
Narcissus papyraceus
again, close
Iris planifolia, Europe's only Juno iris
Ophrys fusca



Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 21, 2007, 11:00:42 PM
And now nearer to Ronda, in mixed woodland.  Firstly, the plant I particularly went to see.  We have been before 3 times to this woodland to see this little beauty, but I have never seen them in such profusion as this year
Narcissus cantabricus
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 21, 2007, 11:03:27 PM
And also in the same woodland:
1. woodland
2 and 3 Aristolochia baetica
4 and 5 Barlia robertiana
6 Orchis collina
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 21, 2007, 11:04:53 PM
And a wonderful bonus of Fritillaria lusitanica

Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 21, 2007, 11:05:44 PM
and this circling above, assuming I'd died from the excitement
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Anthony Darby on February 21, 2007, 11:06:41 PM
Fantastic Diane. Keep 'em coming. It would be after your bones :P
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Lesley Cox on February 21, 2007, 11:39:03 PM
What a super time you had Diane. I love Barlia robusta - all those little men hung out to dry!
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Anthony Darby on February 21, 2007, 11:50:34 PM
Isn't it just another form of Barlia robertiana?
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Maggi Young on February 22, 2007, 12:04:05 AM
As Anthony and his friend discovered last Saturday, I call Barlia robertiana "Robinson's Barleywater"
 cos it's easier and more fun. I just love it, and, Lesley, it smells yummy !!

Diane , you lucky sausage, what a lovely trip you've had so early in the year.  Many thanks for letting us join in!
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: ranunculus on February 22, 2007, 08:14:21 AM
Super shots Diane,
Didn't even realise you knew Andy Lucia?
See you at one of the shows no doubt (unless you try to hide again)?

Regards of the kindest kind,
The Bookeroo
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 22, 2007, 08:19:01 AM
Sorry for the confusion, both of the Barlias are Barlia robertiana, I had just got the second one labelled as "robust form" which is what has shown up as the picture label.  

Maggi, a trip early in the year is normal for us.  Tied to the chalk face at work, I can't complain about the number of holidays, just the fact we can't choose when to take them  So February halfterm is a standard jaunt to the Med for us.   8)


Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 22, 2007, 08:23:20 AM
Hi Buttercup man.  Andalucia is a favourite Feb half term trip, got to get a fix of those Narcissus and Iris planifolia
What do you mean "hide", I've been busy on working on the (AGS) seed exchange
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Anthony Darby on February 22, 2007, 10:05:07 AM
Vivienne and I also work at the chalk face (well, white board pen) but since Falkirk and Stirling are now different education authorities we have different February weekends and now we have different October weeks. Ah, the soles in the councils haven't a scooby when it comes to education. Since McCrone the Scottish secondary education has gone down the tubes. Every expense spared. >:(
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: David Shaw on February 22, 2007, 01:02:01 PM
Diana, your pictures don't make up for our missed trip to Andalucia this year but they do help just a little bit. Thank you for the pictures.
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: SueG on February 22, 2007, 02:08:54 PM
Diane - great pictures. I really like the Aristolochia baetica, is this a navelwort?
Sue
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Anthony Darby on February 22, 2007, 03:46:40 PM
Aristolochias are Birthworts or Dutchman's Pipe vines. They range from herbaceous species like A. clematitis and A. beatica to tropical vines that feed the Giant Birdwing butterflies of Australasia. A. beatica is probably the foodplant of the Spanish Festoon butterlfy (Zerynthia rumina), a relative of the Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 26, 2007, 10:03:53 PM
I meant to include this pic earlier. 
You've heard of the crocus, now see the view ...

View from our hotel of the rocks of El Torcal.  (La Posada el Torcal is a wonderful, privately run hotel, this view was actually taken from our own private hot tub on our terrace)
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Diane Clement on February 26, 2007, 10:08:41 PM
The Aristolochia baetica (name comes from the Roman name for Andalucia) is actually growable.  A few years ago I visited the area later in the year and brought back seed which was distributed through the AGS seed exchange.  I know of at least 2 people who germinated it and brought into flower.  Its an interesting curiosity, probably needing almost frost free conditions.  I didn't even get germination.
Title: Re: Andalucia February 2007
Post by: Maggi Young on February 26, 2007, 10:14:35 PM
A view like that with blossom trees, and a hot tub? I've never heard the like.. how the other half lives, eh?!!