Astragalus alpinus and Gentiana nivalis - not fully open in the cool weather.. The dandelion, Taraxacum, sp, does belong here naturally. Although many forms are weeds, the montane forms are not weedy.
A bleak form of Saxifraga oppositifolia. Along the railway somebody have spread seed of Papaver nudicaule, a foreigner which seems to like the gravelly site.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
I have a new camera and am not familiar with it yet. Therefore the field of depth isn't always as good as it should be. Some flowers are even out of focus :-\
Primula scandinavica is not uncommon in the area. The third fleabane, Erigeron boreale. Pyrola norvegica is also common in the low alpine zone but difficult to picture! Parnassia palustris likes lime.
Draba norvegica, not as showy as the yellow pillow-forming ones! Oxytropis lapponica among rocks and a small Beckwithia glacialis near a melting snowdrift. Most of the species are still covered by snow.
I am not finished yet, sorry ;D
Another small but very blue one, Veronica alpina. Myosotis decumbes is everywhere in moist soil. Potentilla crantzii is common from the seashore to the low alpine zone. The rest you already know.
One day we took the train down to the subalpine zone - 800-900m at Myrdal.
Myrdal views. Here the Flåmsbana (Flåm railway) goes down to the fjord. This is one of the steepest railways in Europe (5.6%). It is 20km long and 6km is in tunnels.
Here we find taller plants like Ranunculus platanifolius. Cornus suecica does grow on acidic soil. The fern Cryptogramma crispa likes crevices.
Omalotheca norvegica. Two hemiparasites: Melampyrum pratense and sylvaticum.
Bartsia alpina gets taller down here. Stellaria nemorum likes nutrient rich soil. Also Phyllodoce caerula grows bigger here.
Another fern, Phegopteris connectilis, and another small orchid, Listera cordata. The last plant is Cicerbita alpina, a bear favorite!
Cracking set of pictures Trond.
in Devon, UK Zone 9b
So many nice plants!I like the white Pyrola- mostly pinks here.Interesting about Parnassia palustris- common here in wettish, peaty places which I would not think of as being limey, but several of our wetland plants are supposed to like alkaline locations.....
Love all the blues- Veronicas and Cicerbitas!
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/