Finse - Geiteryggen

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Hoy
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Finse - Geiteryggen

A one day walk from the railway station Finse to Geiteryggen crossing a ridge at about 1600m altitude. We arrived by train in the evening, spent the night at the cabin there ( http://finsehytta.turistforeningen.no/cabin.php?ca_id=31&fo_id=5362&lang... ) and started walking early next morning arriving at Geiteryggen ( http://geiterygghytta.turistforeningen.no/cabin.php?ca_id=35&fo_id=5219&... ) where we had our cars some hours later.

Finse and Finsevatn with sløke, Angelica archangelica in the foreground.

 

 

The summer has been very warm but it is still a lot of snow in this area. A lot of snow means a lot of water!

 

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Much of the bedrock is granite and the flora isn't very interesting but where the bedrock is phyllite it's richer. And it is also richer where it is wetter.

Hieracium section Alpina (with about 200 species) usually grows in dry sites. Saxifraga cernua typically grows in wet areas.

   

 

You will find Ranunculus pygmaeus were it is very wet and often shady while Erigeron borealis prefer dryer soil. Most Taraxacum species are apomictic like Hieracium. Taraxacum section Crocea consists of about 50 species.

   

 

Two different forms of Pedicularis oederi and Eriophorum scheuchzeri.

   

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Very impressive, Trond!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Rocks and snow.                                       Cassiope hypnoides                               Cardamine bellidifolia

   

Some Saxes. Saxifraga cespitosa            oppositifolia                                              rivularis

   

stellaris                                                       tenuis                                               Not a Sax but a nice lichen Solorina tenuis

   

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Bartsia alpina                                            Cerastium alpinum                                      Hieracium sp

   

 

Very similar are Erigeron borealis and Erigeron uniflorus                                        Veronica alpina

   

 

Viscaria alpina                                   One of the angry inhabitants, a lemming.       Moss with morning dew.

   

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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One of the nicest species here is Ranunculus glacialis. The flowers redden when it ages.

   

   

 

Ranunculus acris ssp pumilus, much better than its big weedy brethren in the lowland.

 

Trond
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Hoy wrote:

One of the nicest species here is Ranunculus glacialis. The flowers redden when it ages.

It's lovely plant Trond.While I was looking at google to identify its distribution I noted there is a variety found in Alaska ...var alaskensis ...white flowers becoming red tinged and then purple after pollination ....

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Lori S.
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Wonderful plants, Trond.  When were you there?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Toole wrote:

 

Hoy wrote:

One of the nicest species here is Ranunculus glacialis. The flowers redden when it ages.

It's lovely plant Trond.While I was looking at google to identify its distribution I noted there is a variety found in Alaska ...var alaskensis ...white flowers becoming red tinged and then purple after pollination ....

Yes, it is the same with var glacialis (syn Beckwithia glacialis var glacialis).

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Thanks Lori.

Sorry I forgot to mention the date. It was July 25-26.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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