Karakoram Wild Flowers

Karakoram Wild Flowers

These wild flowersgrown in the Karakoram at an altitude of above 3000m during the month May to End of August.
Afzal
on Aug 11, 2007 3:19 am
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 322343

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butitsadryheat

butitsadryheat - Aug 16, 2007 2:49 am - Voted 10/10

They appear to...

resemble a succulent of some sort. Cacti?

Afzal

Afzal - Aug 16, 2007 7:07 am - Hasn't voted

Re: They appear to...

Thanks for your votes and comments.

Chris Chadwell - May 2, 2018 7:42 am - Hasn't voted

Rhodiola sp.

This is a very difficult genus identification-wise. Really do need quality close-ups of flowers and foliage to comment further.

PLEASE, each time you post, provide an approximate elevation (exact not necessary), approximate location in terms of nearest village, pass, lake or whatever and DO ALSO photograph the leaves (foliage) as well as flowers - otherwise it can be IMPOSSIBLE to arrive at a definite identification. Ideally, take SEVERAL photos per specimen showing flowers (front and underneath), foliage (top surface and underneath), habitat shot and habit of plant - I realise this requires greater effort but once a methodical approach is adopted, it is straightforward to do and does not take that long (though hard-going at extreme elevations.....but having taken the time, effort and expense to get to these lovely places, worth getting the most out of it and helping the study of Pakistan flora); nowadays with digital cameras and small memory cards (which can accept large numbers of images) and small batteries, this can readily be done. When I began exploring the Himalaya in the 1980s, one used slide-film, which was expensive, so only 1 or 2 photos could be taken per plant and a tripod plus macro-lens was needed for close-up images of flowers. That has all changed. If anyone reading this is heading to the Himalaya in the coming years and would welcome further advice about securing a good set of images of the flora seen (sufficient to enable me to provide identifications), do get in touch. NO charge! Founder & Editor Himalayan Plant Association shpa.org.uk

Chris Chadwell - May 2, 2018 7:48 am - Hasn't voted

Not any sort of Cactus

This plant has succulent foliage. There are no indigenous species of Cactaceae (the Cactus family) in Pakistan but a number of plants are old introductions and are frequently planted to make hedges or as specimens in pots or gardens. The shrubby Euphorbias are often thought to be cactuses but can easily be recognised by their milky latex. Their is no similarity to their flowers. The introduced Optuntias and Cereus originate in Mexico/Central America/South America but are not found in the mountains proper as would be killed by the cold temperatures.

Many of the Rhodiolas used to be called Sedums - a more familiar genus of the Crassulaceae family.

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