The issue of IRG referred to here is now online.
The article written by Cliff Booker in IRG 21, September 2011: “IT’S OK BEING A PARASITE WHEN YOU GIVE SO MUCH BACK”, begins with plants in the Dolomites. Here are some extra photos from the other areas mentioned by Cliff….the Gargano peninsula in Southern Italy and the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain.
The Gargano promontory boasts a range of habitats, from extensive olive groves to the cyclamen rich Umbra Forest, from the uplands around Monte Sant’ Angelo to the coastal lakes of the north, from profuse orchid meadows to sparsely inhabited offshore islands; from sandy beaches to barren limestone outcrops ... the area has it all.
Ornithogalum sp., Orchis papilionacaea, Coastal arch, Immovable road block.
Whilst in the Gargano I purchased an excellent book entitled; ‘Orchidee Spontanee nel Parco Nazionale del Gargano’ by Angela Rossini and Giovanni Quitadamo (ISBN 88-8431-091-1) that beautifully illustrates the entire panoply of orchids to be found in the area. Only available in Italian unfortunately, this book assisted greatly with identification during our stay.
Cliffs in the mountains
Roadside verges are awash with colour in April.
Parasitic and hemi-parasitic plants flourished in a range of habitats and Orobanche species could be found in an array of pastel shades. Carnivorous plants grew in abundance in the shady and moisture drenched cliffs and boulders.
The Picos de Europa are truly beautiful mountains and a photographer’s dream.