Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chinese Flora

Recently returned from a botanical tour of Sichuan in western China.

Fantastic flora and scenery. Lillies and Thalictrums hanging over roads, Gentians thick underfoot, uncountable species of colourful Louseworts and tens of species of Primulas including the 'famed' Black Primula. Even had two species of 'Slipper' Orchids, (see Cypripedium tibeticum attached). Almost forgot the Meconopsis Poppies-Blue's, Red and Yellow, fantastic!

The mountainsides were often decorated with colourful Prayer flags, especially near the tops of passes and near the highly decorated Monastrys.

Highly recommend the trip if you can tolerate high altitude.

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