What's up in Huanglong? Part 2 (with photos)


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Abgeschickt von Holger Perner am 03 Juli, 2003 um 11:41:58

Dear Cypripedium friends,

From mid to end of June is the main blooming time for Cypripediums in the Huanglong valley. In lower parts of the 700 km² nature reserve the Cypripediums are already out of bloom for some time, when in the small but beautiful valley over 10,000 Cypripedium flowers (Cyp. flavum, tibeticum, calcicolum and bardolphianum) are fully open! About 3/6 of the flowering Cypripediums are Cyp. flavum, 2/6 are Cyp. tibeticum and 1/6 are Cyp. bardolphianum. However, it might be that the number of Cyp. bardolphianum is equal to that of Cyp. tibeticum, but due to their small size, only accurate counting would help to determine that. Cyp. calcicolum is only present with a few dozen specimens.

 


Typical scene in late June, photographed from the board walk, of which a part can be seen in the upper left corner. Together with flowering shrubs Cyp. flavum and tibeticum are in full flower in thin humus pockets on tufa, 3200 m, Huanglong valley, Huanglong reserve, 23. June 2003.


  


Cyp. tibeticum, humus pocket on tufa, 3200 m, Huanglong valley, 23. June 2003.

 
  


Cyp. calcicolum, growing half a meter behind the Cyp. tibeticum from the picture above, 23.06.2003.


  


Cyp. flavum and tibeticum in humus pockets on tufa, 3200 m, Huanglong valley, 23. June 2003.


  


Cyp. tibeticum with Oreorchis nana (tiny yellow flowers) and Pinguicula alpina (small white flowers), humus pockets on tufa, 3200 m, 
Huanglong valley, 23. June 2003.


  


A unique clone of Cyp. flavum with very broad petals that don't roll back! Humus pockets on tufa, 3170 m, Huanglong valley, 23. June 2003.

     
  


Colony of Cyp. bardolphianum, humus pocket on tufa, 3200 m, Huanglong valley, 23. June 2003.


  


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