Flowers???... Stars on light green meadows and dark verdure of forests...
Carl von Linné (1707-1778) was a pioneer who used flower organs for plant classification. Also J. W. von Goethe (1790) compared morphology of flowers of many plants. Next time our looking at flowers was branched toward new areas. Pollination biology, including an interaction between pollinators (insects, birds, wind) and flowers, is a fascinating study. Plant breeding systems are important factors, which delineate variation patterns in populations. We observe these patterns, e.g. in flower shapes, colours and behaviour.
For us, people hiking in mountains, flowers are a sign of life and unlimited charm. On rocky and snowy fields, a small flower suddenly appearing is a real joy.
In the Pieniny Mts., especially meadows are decorated by plenty of flowers. Many orchid species bloom in June. Later, members of the Asteraceae family dominate. Butterflies and bees are main pollinators there. Some plants are considered as endemics of this interesting mountains. Except orchids, Dendranthema zawadzkii
, Jovibarba hirta
, Alyssum saxatile
, E. wittmannii
, Sedum acre
are the most representative species.
I collected pictures of blooming plants through all the range, including Małe Pieniny, Pieniny Właściwe, Pieniny Spiskie and Skalice Spiskie.
It will be continued.........
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