Nature Profiles

Flora of the central Hautes-Alpes & Savoie - part 1

Juniperus  communis ssp.nana

 
 

 

 

Salix reticulata

sr

sg
 
 desc

 

 

Salix herbacea

sh

sh

sh

sh
 
 desc

 

 

Salix retusa

 
sr

sr

 
 

 

Salix foetida

 
sf

sf


 
 






Silene acaulis

sa

sa
 
 

 

 

Dianthus pavonius




 
 

 

 

Caltha

 
 

 

 

Delphinium dubium




 
 

 

 

Anemone baldensis

ab

ab

a
 
 

 

 

Pulsatilla alba

 
 

 

 

Ranunculus glacialis




 
 

 

 

Arabis alpina

aa
 
 

 

 

 

Cardamine resedifolia (probably)

car

 
 

 

 





Sisymbrium austriacum

sa

sa
Col du Galibier, Savoie
 

 

 

Draba aizoides

az




 
 

 

 

Draba dubia





 
 

 

 

Petrocallis pyrenaica

 
 

 

 

Hutchinsia alpina

ha

ha
 
 

 

 

Thlaspi

 
 

 

 

Sempervivum arachnoideum








 
 

 

 

Sempervivum montanum

sm

sm

sm

sm
Col du Galibier
 

 

 

Sedum androsameum

sa
 
 

 

 

Sedum album




 
 

 

 

Sedum alpestre

sa

sa
 
 

 

 

Sedum montanum

sm

sm
 
 

 

 

Rhodiola rosea




 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Trollius europaeus

te

te
 
 

 

 

Ranunculus glacialis

 
 

 

 

Ranunculus keupferi

 
 

 

 

Cardamine

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga rotundifolia

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga aspera

sa
 
 

 

 

Saxifraga androsacea

sa

sa


 
 

 

 

Saxifraga bryoides

sb

sb

sb


 
 

 

 

Saxifraga oppositifolia

so

so

so
Col du Galibier, Savoie
 
 

 

 

Saxifraga biflora

sb

sb

sb
 
 

 

 

Saxifraga exarata ssp.moschata

ex

sx

 
 

 

 

Saxifraga muscoides

sm

sm
 
 

 

 

Saxifraga paniculata

sp

sp

sp

sp
Ecrins
 

 

 

Ranunculus glacialis

rg

rg





 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb



 
 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla aurea

pa

pa

pa

pa

 
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

pd

pd
 
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

ms

ms

cg

cg
 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Geum montanum

 
 

 

 

Potentilla

 
 

 

 

Prunus mahaleb

 
 

 

 

 

Astragalus alpinus

aa

aa

ast



 
 

 

 

Astragalus centralpinus

 
 

 

 

Astragalus sempervirens

 
 

 

 

Oxytropis campestris

oc



 
 

 

 

Oxytropis helvetica

oh
 
 

 

 

Hedysarum

 
 

 

 

Geranium sylvaticum

 
 

 

 

Euphorbia cyparissias




 
 

 

 

Daphne mezereum

dm

dm

dm
 
 

 

 

Daphne striata

ds

ds

 
 

 

 

Hypericum

 
 

 

 

 Viola thomasiana

vt

vt

vt
 
 

 

 

Viola calcarata

vc

vc


 
 

 

 

Viola tricolor

 
 

 

 

Pyrola minor

pm

pm
foliage detail, both photos Glacier Noir, Ecrins PN

p

p

p
 
 

 

 

Rhododendron

 
 

 

 

Loiseleuria procumbens

ls

lsl
Pont de l'Oulietta, Savoie
 

 

 

Primula halleri

ph

ph


 
 

 

 

Primula hirsuta

ph

ph

ph

ph

ph
 
 

 

 

Primula marginata


Col Vieux

 
 

 

 

Androsace lactea






 
 

 

 

Androsace obtusifolia

 
 

 

 

Androsace carnea

 
 

 

 

Androsace villosa

 
 

 

 

Androsace helvetica?

 
 

 

 

Armeria maritima alpina

 
 

 

 

Gentiana lutea

gl

gl

gl

g8

g7

gl



 
 

 

 

Gentiana burseri ssp.villarsiana

gb

gb
Col du Galibier, Savoie


 
 

 

 

Gentiana cruciata


 
 

 

 

Gentiana orbicularis

go

go

 
 

 

 

Gentiana verna

 
 

 

 

Gentiana nivalis

gn

gn
 
 

 

 

 

Gentianella campestris

gn

 
 

 

 





Myosotis alpestris




 
 

 

 

Salvia pratensis

 
 

 

 

Digitalis grandiflora

dg

dg

dg

 
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

va

v
 
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

em

em


 
 

 

 

Bartsia alpina

bar

ba

 
 

 

 

Pedicularis rosea ssp.allionii


 
 

 

 

Valriana salicuna

vd

vs

vs

 
 

 

 

Pedicularis verticillata

pv

pv


 
 

 

 

Pedicularis rostratospicata ssp.helvetica

pp

pd
 
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.

 

 

Epilobium fleischeri


ef

ef

ef

ep
 

 

 

Adenostyles alpina

ads

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Parnassia palustris

pg

 
 

 

 

 

Adenostyles alpina



 
 

 

 

 

Adenostyles alpina



 
 

 

 

 

Adenostyles alpina



 
 

 

 

 

Adenostyles alpina



 
 

 

 

 

Trifolium alpinum

tf

ta
 
 

 

 

Globularia cordifolia

gl




 
 

 

 

Saxifraga bryoides



dr


 
 

 

 

Brassia repanda

 

 

 

brCol du Galibier
 

 

 

Saxifraga bryoides






 
 

 

 

Sisymbrium austriacum

sg



 
 

 

 

Dryas octopetala

dr

dr


dr