Nature Profiles

Flora of the Queyras - part 1

Juniperus communis ssp.nana

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Juniperus sabina

 
 

 

 

Larix decidua ssp.decidua

 
 

 

 

Salix reticulata (Net-leaved Willow)

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One of the easiest alpine willows to identify, Net-leaved Willow is named for the very prominent network of veins on the upper surface of the leaves.

It s a common species in damp, rocky habitats in the French Alps and Pyrenees.  Like S.herbacea (see below), it is a characteristic circumboreal species of cold habitats.  In Britain it is extremely rare - you can see photos of Scottish plants in the Ben Lawers section of the website.

 

 

Salix herbacea (Least Willow)

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One of the dwarf alpine willows, Salix Willow always grows closely pressed to the ground and can be distinguished from other small-leaved creeping species by its toothed leaf margins with a fine network of veins (S.reticulata has heavily-marked veins).

S.herbacea is widespread in the French Alps and Pyrenees, with an outlying population in the Massif Central.  Further afield, it has a circumboreal distribution, occurring in northern Europe, Asia and North America.

Photos of Scottish plants can be seen here.

 

 

Salix serpyllifolia (probably)

 
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Salix caesia (Blue-leaved Willow)

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The striking blue-green colour of this willow is unlike any other species in alpine France. It grows as a low tangly shrub, often by running water.

Salix caesia has a limited distribution in Europe and is restricted to the southern Alps, from Savoie and Isere in the west, to Carinthia in eastern Austria.  It is also found more widely in central and northern Asia.

 

 

Salix helvetica

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Salix glaucosericea

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Salix hastata ssp.hastata

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This shrubby willow is rather nondescript in appearance; in fact, I find the easiest way to identify it is in its lack of obvious features when compared to other alpine species! 

When looked at more closely, the long-stalked, hairy catkins are diagnostic, along with glabrous leaves which are green above and glaucous below (S.helvetica has downy undersides to the leaves). The leaf margins are also finely toothed, but lack the glands found in S.foetida.

Salix hastata is widespread in montane France (although uncommon in the Pyrenees) and can also be seen across the Alps, in Scandinavia and central and northern Asia.

 

 

Salix foetida

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Forming a small shrub, Salix foetida is a widespread species in the French Alps.  It is one of the easiest to recognise as well, as a close inspection of the finely-toothed leaf margins reveals prominent white glads along their length (visible in each of the three photos here).  It is a plant of damp subalpine and alpine pastures.

As well as its occurrences in the Alps, this willow also occurs in arctic Europe, the Caucasus, Siberia and Greenland.  In France there is also a much smaller population in the Pyrenees.

 

 





Alnus viridis

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Polygonum alpinum

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Crete de Gilly
 

 

 

Plantago alpina

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below Col Vieux
 

 

 

 

Herniaria alpina

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Crete de Gilly
 

 

 

 


Silene acaulis

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Gypsophila repens

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Dianthus pavonius

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Dianthus carthusianorum

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Dianthus deltoides

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Cerastium latifolium

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Minuartia sedoides

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Caltha

 
 

 

 

Delphinium dubium

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Anemone baldensis

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Pulsatilla alba

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Ranunculus glacialis

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Ranunculus kuepferi

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Ranunculus parnassifolius

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Trollius europaeus

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Arabis alpina

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Sisymbrium austriacum

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Hugueninia tanacetifolia

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Alyssum alpestre

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Draba aizoides

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Draba dubia

 
 

 

 

Petrocallis pyrenaica

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Hutchinsia alpina

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Thlaspi

 
 

 

 

Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Sempervivum tectorum

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Sempervivum montanum

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Sedum album

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Sedum montanum

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Sedum atratum

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Sedum androsameum

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Rhodiola rosea

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Sedum alpestre

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