Flora and fauna of Retezat Mountains

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Flora and fauna of Retezat Mountains
Created On: Jun 20, 2008
Last Edited On: Jun 20, 2008


The flora and fauna of Retezat is very rich. Thankfully, protection of this area is strong, it is a National Park and also a UNESCO MAB reserve.

The mountains are home to more than 1100 plant species (including Edelweiss, several species of Gentians, Rhododendron kotschyi, Doronicum carpaticum, Dianthus glacialis, etc.), at least 62 of them being endemic (Rubus retezaticus, Trifolium retezaticum, Festuca pacyphylla, Hieracium borzae and nigrilacus, just to name a few).

Retezat is inhabited by chamois, wolves, lynx, bears, otters and marmots (re-introduced in the seventies), several species of birds of prey, reptiles like salamanders and vipers (Vipera berus and Cerastes cornutus). Trouts are common in lakes and creeks.



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Frankieparley - Feb 23, 2012 1:44 am - Hasn't voted


Hi Peter, superb photographs! We are planning a trip this summer to the Retezat Mountains to see the flowers. Do you know what time is best for this? We were hoping that late June would be OK - but would that be a bit to late? Thanks a lot. Francis.


peterbud - Feb 26, 2012 4:43 am - Hasn't voted

Re: When?

Thanks. Late June has good chances. Of course, different species flower with different timing. My photos come with a date under the description, that may give further orientation.

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