Nature Profiles

Flora of the Maritime Alps - part 1

Juniperus  communis ssp.nana

 
 

 

 

 

Larix decidua

la

la

la



 
 

 

 

 

Alnus viridis

aln
 
 

 

 







Salix reticulata

st

st
 
 

 

 

Salix herbacea




 
 

 

 

Salix serpyllifolia

 
 
 

Silene acaulis




 
 

 

 

Dianthus pavonius

dp

dp
 
 

 

 

Caltha

 
 

 

 

Anemone narcissiflora




 
 

 

 

Anemone baldensis






 
 

 

 

Pulsatilla alba

 
 

 

 

 

Hepatica nobilis

hp

hp
 
 

 

 






Ranunculus parnassifolius




 
 

 

 

Cardamine plumieri

 
 

 

 

Alyssum alpestre




foliage detail

 
 

 

 

Draba aizoides






 
 

 

 

Draba dubia

 
 

 

 

Petrocallis pyrenaica

 
 

 

 

Hutchinsia alpina




 
 

 

 

Thlaspi

 
 

 

 

Sempervivum arachnoideum








 
 

 

 

Sempervivum montanum






 
 

 

 

Sedum anacampseros

 
 

 

 

Sedum album




 
 

 

 

Sedum alpestre




 
 

 

 

Sedum montanum


 
 

 

 

Rhodiola rosea

rr


 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Trollius europaeus




 
 

 

 

Ranunculus glacialis

 
 

 

 

Ranunculus keupferi

 
 

 

 

Arabis alpina

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga rotundifolia

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga aspera

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga androsacea






 
 

 

 

Saxifraga moschata

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga oppositifolia





 
 

 

 

Saxifraga biflora






 
 

 

 

Saxifraga exarata ssp.moschata





 
 

 

 

Saxifraga muscoides




 
 

 

 

Saxifraga paniculata







 
 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb



 
 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla aurea









 
Probably the most common Potentilla species in the Alps, P.aurea is mat-forming plant rather than a tall-growing species.

Its most distinctive identifying feature is the small tooth that terminates each leaflet, which os much shorter than the other teeth along the edges.  This gives the leaflets a rather flat-topped look.
 

 

 

Potentilla delphinensis




 
One of the specialities of the region, this species is endemic to a small area of the French Alps, from ___ to _________.

It is very similar to the much more common ___________, but can be distinguished by its ___________________.
 

 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Minuartia sedoides




 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Astragalus alpinus




 
 

 

 

Astragalus centralpinus

 
 

 

 

Astragalus sempervirens

 
 

 

 

Oxytropis campestris





 
 

 

 

Anthyllis

 
 

 

 

Hedysarum

 
 

 

 

Geranium sylvaticum

 
 

 

 

Euphorbia cyparissias




 
 

 

 

Daphne mezereum






 
 

 

 

Daphne

 
 

 

 

Hypericum

 
 

 

 

Viola biflora

vb

vb

vb
 
 

 

 

Viola calcarata ssp.villarsii






 
 

 

 

Viola tricolor

 
 

 

 

Viola lutea

 
 

 

 

Seseli

 
 

 

 

Rhododendron ferrugineum

rf

rf

rf



 
 

 

 

Primula halleri

 
 

 

 

Primula latifolia

 
 

 

 

Primula marginata


Col Vieux

 
 

 

 

Androsace lactea






 
 

 

 

Androsace obtusifolia

 
 

 

 

Androsace carnea

 
 

 

 

Androsace villosa

 
 

 

 

Androsace helvetica?

 
 

 

 

Armeria maritima alpina

 
 

 

 

Gentiana lutea

 
 

 

 

Gentiana burseri

 
 

 

 

Gentiana cruciata


 
 

 

 

Gentiana acaulis

ga

ga

ga


 
 

 

 

Gentiana verna

 
 

 

 

Gentiana bavarica

gb

gb
 
 

 

 

Myosotis alpestris




 
 

 

 

Salvia pratensis

 
 

 

 

Digitalis grandiflora







 
Almost anywhwere in the French Alps one can come across this lovely foxglove, both in open areas and in woodland.

It is instantly recognisable with its yellow flowers (those in these photos look rather paler than some).

Although sadly lacking from our native British flora, D.grandiflora is very widespread across continental Europe.

 

 

Veronica alpina


 
Occuring across most of Europe's mountain ranges, this little Veronica inhabits ___________ and is easily recognised by its small, rather globular inflorescence and round leaves which lack petioles.

 

 

Euphrasia minima

 
 

 

 

Bartsia alpina


 
 

 

 

Pedicularis rosea ssp.allionii


 
 

 

 

Pedicularis kerneri

 
 

 

 

Pedicularis gyroflexa

 
 

 

 

Pedicularis rostratospicata ssp.helvetica




 
This handsome species is easily recognised by its tall flowering spikes, which can be locally abundant in mountain pastures.
The foliage________________

Two subspecies are recognised: ssp. rostratospicata, which occurs in the central and eastern Alps, from Switzerland to Slovenia, and ssp. helvetica, which has a more western range, from the French Alps eastwards into Austria.

 

 

Rhinanthus minor

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga bryoides






 
 

 

 

Saxifraga exarata ssp.exarata

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga valdensis