5 July 2007

Campanula aucheri (Campanulaceae)

A great diversity of Campanula can be found in the Caucasus’s. In the Flora of Georgia there are 65 species recognized. Campanula aucheri belongs to a group of decorative Campanula which are difficult, even for the specialist, to tell apart. The “white eye” at the base of the petals is distinctive in this specie.

Corydalis cashmeriana (Fumariaceae)

The striking sky-blue of this Corydalis cashmeriana can be seen from the beginning of July until the middle of August in the Alpine Garden. The plant overwinters as a tuber. It comes from the western Himalaya growing at altitudes between 3,000 and 4,500 m.

Haplocarpha rueppellii (Asteraceae)

This pioneer plant grows on Mount Kenya and on Kilimanjaro at altitudes above 3,000 m. The rosettes of leaves, which spread by stolons, form ground-hugging mats. The genus is comprised of 10 species and is found only in Africa.

Blue Poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia (Papaveraceae)

The stunning flowers of the Blue Poppy are the highlight of any botanical trip to the Himalayas during the monsoon. In Europe the first Meconopsis was flowered in ca. 1850 in England.

Mertensia primuloides (Boraginaceae)

New Zealand Forget-me-not, Myosotis colensoi (Boraginaceae)

Primula involucrata (Primulaceae)

Primula involucrata comes from the Himalayas where it grows on moist mossy mats between 4,000 and 5,000 m.

Rhododendron rupicola var. chryseum (Ericaceae)

Rhododendron rupicola var. chryseum, with its compact, dwarf growth habit, hails from the mountains of Yunnan.

Text: Andreas Gröger
Photos: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein