Archive for 'Plants'

Stankstorkenebb (Geranium robertianum)

Alle som har tatt borti denne planten får en luktopplevelse som nok gjør at de er litt mer forsiktig neste gang. Lukten er såpass intens at planten står tilnærmet uskadet gjennom en hel sommersesong. Men det de færreste tenker over er at dette er en geranium, en av de mest populære plantene i Norge, og […]

Engtjæreblom (Viscaria vulgaris)

Det vokser rikelig med engtjæreblom her i Sandbukta, og hver forsommer gleder jeg meg over fargeskjæret de gir landskapet. Store insekter som humler summer mellom blomstene, men mindre insekter, og især de som ønsker å kravle opp stengelen, får store problemer. Små bladlus er eksempel på de som setter seg bom fast i det sorte […]

Enghumleblom (Geum rivale)

I blomst er dette en vakker og dekorativ art, men straks tiden er kommet for frøspredning, er dette en av mange arter som spesielt hundeeiere blir motvillig godt kjent med. Frøene er nemlig originalen til borrelåsen som vi mennesker er så glade i. De hekter seg på alle fiberløkker, og blir med helt hjem – […]

Løkurt (Alliaria petiolata)

De fleste anser løkurten som en pest og plage, men de som har så store bestander har vel heller et problem med hvordan jord bruken av den forvaltes. Her i Sandbukta har de virkelig spredt seg langs gjerdet til nummer 1 i år, men det er fordi lindehekken er klippet og jorden i tillegg har […]

Skogforglemmegei (Myosotis sylvatica)

Når skogforglemmegeien blomstrer langs hagen til naboen, har våren endelig fått fart og forsommerens rikdom begynt å vise seg overalt. Våren har vært kjølig så langt i år, og dermed har alle blomster stått lenge – til glede for meg og pollineringsprosessen, da lengre blomstring betyr større mulighet for pollinering. Denne forglemmegeiengen er en av […]

Vårkål (Ranunculus ficaria)

Som med hvitveisen, åpner vårkålen blomstene kun når det er sol. På gråværsdager og om natten er kronbladene lukket tett om blomstens edlere deler. På soldager er naboens vårkåleng et fantastisk skue. Skinnende blanke kronblader som reflekterer sollyset som minisoler. Når de står så tett som hos naboen er det et vakkert skue, jeg ser […]

Tysbast (Daphne mezereum)

Etter en lang og mørk vinter er jeg virkelig sulten på liv, og søker kjente og kjære lokasjoner i området for å se hvordan det står til med planter og i dette tilfellet få flere magedrag av en fantastisk duft! Til tross for at denne lille gruppen står ved Ingierstrandveien og passeres av mange mennesker, […]

Hvitveis (Anemone nemorosa)

Hver vår er gleden stor over de først plantene som kommer blomster og fargelegger landskapet. Men hvitveisen er jo hvit og minner ikke det om vinteren? For meg er den virkelig ikke et minne om vinteren, men en overdådig vitalitet som noen steder kan fargelegge en vissen bakke hvit med utallige små gule soler. På […]

Hassel (Corylus avellana)

Det meste går mennesket hus forbi – enten fordi det er så lite, elelr fordi det har en livsrytme så forskjellig fra oss. Hver våre klages det høylydt i media om pollen, og alle kan da se hannblomstene, eller raklene som dingler i vinden. Men hvem legger merke til mottakeren av pollenskyene? Det er for […]

Blåveis (Hepatica nobilis)

At jeg tar bilder av naturen gjør at jeg også har en god historikk på når og hvor over mange år, og i år ser jeg at selv om våren virket kald og som om den aldri kom igang, så blomstret blåveisen likevel på ganske så samme tid. Dett er min “modell” i hagen som […]

Fringed Rue (Ruta chalepensis) UV

No special patterns appear in UV for this flower!

Fringed Rue (Ruta chalepensis)

I only found this species in one specific location on Skant (or Skand) – the highest point on all of Socotra – and was grateful it was in bloom.

Socotra plant 27

On the highest peaks of Socotra you’ll find magnificent deciduous trees like this one. Some were finished shedding leaves whilst others were in yellows or reds like the temperate autumns. I was definitely entering their very last moments before the season of rest, so this is perhaps more a developing fruit than that of a […]

Helichrysum sphaerocephalum UV

Very dull in UV compared to the many color variations in visible light. Endemic.

Helichrysum sphaerocephalum

Close to the top of Socotra, Skant (or Skand) I found some healthy plants of this species under some trees, which was a relief as all the previous I saw on the way up here were either drooping from lack of water or were browsed by goats. Endemic.

Helichrysum sphaerocephalum

Close to the top of Socotra, Skant (or Skand) I found some healthy plants of this species under some trees, which was a relief as all the previous I saw on the way up here were either drooping from lack of water or were browsed by goats. Endemic.

Oldenlandia balfourii

This plant is so small that it’s very easy to miss! On the field below the weather station of Skant I found many of them growing under trees. Endemic.

Oldenlandia balfourii UV

The yellow center of the flower is dark in UV, and the white petals are also quite dark. In UV this small flower appears prominent against the greyness of the background seen here. Endemic.

Oldenlandia balfourii

This plant has such tiny flowers so they are very easy to miss! On the field below the weather station of Skant I found many of them growing under trees. Endemic.

Socotra plant 27

On the highest peaks of Socotra you’ll find magnificent deciduous trees like this one. Some were finished shedding leaves whilst others were in yellows or reds like the temperate autumns. I was definitely entering their very last moments before the season of rest, so this is perhaps more a developing fruit than that of a […]

Trichodesma microcalyx

The smaller plants on top of Socotra were still in good condition, and thus I found flowers in excellent condition compared to the drooping or even dried ones further down the slopes. Had I come a week or so later, even the plants up here would have been drooping, so I was very grateful! Even […]

Trichodesma microcalyx

The smaller plants on top of Socotra were still in good condition, and thus I found flowers in excellent condition compared to the drooping or even dried ones further down the slopes. Had I come a week or so later, even the plants up here would have been drooping, so I was very grateful! Even […]

Rhus thyrsiflora UV

Not particularly colorful in visible light and even less so in UV – all dark as it is.

Rhus thyrsiflora

I found many of this species on top of Socotra – Skant (or Skand), but few with good flowers as it was nearing the end of the season. Endemic.

Rhus thyrsiflora

I found many of this species on top of Socotra – Skant (or Skand), but few with good flowers as it was nearing the end of the season. Endemic.

Pulicaria lanata UV

Dark center opposed to the all-yellow appearance in visible light – a typical Asteraceae! Endemic.

Pulicaria lanata

The wooly leaves makes this plant easy to identify year round. Endemic.

Pulicaria lanata

As I was getting closer to the highest of the Haghier (or Haggeher) mountains – Skant (or Skand) – I noticed this plant with wooly leaves, but none with flowers, or at least none with fresh flowers. On the very top, on Skant, I did find some that still not past blooming. Again I was […]

Socotra plant 25

A most peculiar plant! I only found this plant with fresh flowers, but unfortunately not with open flowers yet. I found it in very steep terrain close to the top of Skant (Skand). Here the goats seemed to have been unable to destroy the vegetation, so it was exceptionally dense and varied. Could it be […]

Socotra plant 26

A most peculiar inflorescence, but with with very attractive color! I found only two plants with this stage of flowering and fresh leaves seen here – all other were passed bloom. Again the top of Socotra – Skant (or Skand) was the very last range for the season, as on lower altitudes the dry season […]

Socotra plant 26

A most peculiar inflorescence, but with with very attractive color! I found only two plants with this stage of flowering – all other were passed bloom. Again the top of Socotra – Skant (or Skand) was the very last range for the season, as on lower altitudes the dry season was way underway. Please help […]

Socotra plant 25

A most peculiar plant! I only found this plant with fresh flowers, but unfortunately not with open flowers yet. I found it in very steep terrain close to the top of Skant (Skand). Here the goats seemed to have been unable to destroy the vegetation, so it was exceptionally dense and varied. Could it be […]

Socotra plant 25

A most peculiar plant! I only found this plant with fresh flowers, but unfortunately not with open flowers yet. I found it in very steep terrain close to the top of Skant (Skand). Here the goats seemed to have been unable to destroy the vegetation, so it was exceptionally dense and varied. Could it be […]

Helichrysum rosulatum – as a tree!

Contrary to available literature, this is not necessary a cushion plant, unless goats get to them. I found this specimen of epic proportions on a sheer cliff – unacessible to the goats. It was like a tree – perhaps many hundreds of years old. This is a typical example of how goats have transformed many […]

Hypericum sp.

Never in my entire life have I seen hypericum grow as dense and tall shrubs as on top of Socotra (Skant)! I was mesmerized by the abundance of plants and flowers, and also relieved that goats leave at least this species alone. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Endemic.

Hypericum sp.

Never in my entire life have I seen hypericum grow as dense and tall shrubs as on top of Socotra (Skant)! I was mesmerized by the abundance of plants and flowers, and also relieved that goats leave at least this species alone. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 Endemic.

Hypericum sp.

Hypericums are beautiful in UV light, as they are not uniformly colored, and this species is no exception. This species forms impenetrable thickets dotted with flowers, that seem pruned by an expert, but neither goat nor human have anything to to with this amazing growth! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂 […]

Socotra plant 24 UV

Yet another Convolvulaceae with identical color in UV light! I have yet to encounter one, no matter ho many different colors in visible light, that is not the same in UV!

Socotra plant 24

Resembles Convolvulus sarmentosus, but its petals are rounded outwards opposed to this one which are flattened and pointing inwards at the mid-nerve of the petals. Also grows on lower elevations than this (1500 meters elevation), but few are intact as they are eaten by goats and cows. A very small plant, but that I think […]

Socotra plant 24

Resembles Convolvulus sarmentosus, but its petals are rounded outwards opposed to this one which are flattened and pointing inwards at the mid-nerve of the petals. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Helichrysum rosulatum UV

The tiny flowers are dark in UV light compared to the mellow cream in visible light. Endemic.

Micromeria remota

I wish I had a week on top of Socotra as there are so incredibly many magnificent plants species and many grow only on socotra! This was the only specimen I could find on Skant (Skand), but with more days I’m certain I would have found magnificent speciemens if I could have climbed where goats […]

Helichrysum rosulatum

With or without flowers, I find this plant really beautiful as it spreads out over the rocks of Socotras highest poeaks. This was one of very few with inflorescences – on the very highest mountain of Socotra – Skant. This is a younger specimen which at first will grow as a cushion plant, but if […]

Helichrysum rosulatum

As the island of Socotra is basically one big goat farm, there are very few plants that are not consumed, or at least stunted by their grazing. Several plant species are venomous while others emit sticky or foul tasting juice. This species has no such defense and is eaten by goats. Thus I was looking […]

Coelocarpum haggierensis

This species grows to the size of small trees, and this one is just a few meters from the highest point of Socotra – Skant (or Skand). Endemic

Coelocarpum haggierensis UV

No surprise in color distribution in UV light compared to visible light for this species – brighter center compared to the darker outer. Endemic.

Coelocarpum haggierensis

This species grows to the size of small trees, and this one is just a few meters from the highest point of Socotra – Skant (or Skand). Endemic.

Hypericum balfourii UV

The flowers of this giant of hypericums are dark in center in UV, compared to the all-yellow in visible light. Endemic.

Hypericum balfourii

When I suddenly stood in front of a hypericum tree, my heart jumped an extra beat and I jumped towards it in awe to make sure I did not hallucinate! This plant is close to 3 meters tall and is not only endangered due to it’s endemism and very limited range but must be of […]

Hypericum balfourii

When I suddenly stood in front of a hypericum tree, my heart jumped an extra beat and I jumped towards it in awe to make sure I did not hallucinate! This plant is close to 3 meters tall and is not only endangered due to it’s endemism and very limited range but must be of […]

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

This is the iconic and endemic bottle tree, or desert rose of Socotra – Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum. When you find one in bloom like this one you simply cannot resist taking a closer look. It is an amazing sight to see the lushness and bright colors in a landscape of dryness – it’s like […]

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum) UV

What’s interesting with this landscape view of the bottle tree, is that the flowers appear same color in UV as the lichen on the rocks! Endemic.

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

Many species of plants on Socotra have evolved seed pods like this, and I don’t know why this is a design preferable here, as the content is dispersed by wind in any case.

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

This species is endemic to Socotra, meaning it grows only on this island! They come in so many shapes and sizes and sometimes resembles works of art – with or without flowers. Despite this it was not easy to find a specimen with a great shape and with flowers, as either I found amazing shapes […]

Caralluma socotrana

During my 14 day stay on Socotra I only found this plant with a seed pod. And in what an exquisite state! The pod has just opened, and the seeds are yet to be dispersed by the wind. Timing is everything, but I think luck is a great part as well 😉

Lavandula nimmoi

To find Lavender on Socotra was not expected, and my mindset was on this being an invasive or at least non-endemic species. But endemic it is! Again most were completely eaten by goats, but I managed to find one that was partly intact, at least one of inflorescences. Endemic.

Lavandula nimmoi

To find Lavender on Socotra was not expected, and my mindset was on this being an invasive or at least non-endemic species. But endemic it is! Again most were completely eaten by goats, but I managed to find one that was partly intact, at least one of inflorescences. Endemic.

Lavandula nimmoi UV

Appears much duller in UV compared to visible light. Endemic.

Kalanchoe farinacea UV

Very interesting in UV, as the flowers have more variations in color than in visible light in which it appears uniformly orange.. Endemic.

Dragon blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

The unmistakable silhouette of the most famous of all plant species on Socotra. I stayed here for two nights, and what an amazing place – a forest of dragon blood trees! It’s like being in Jurassic park without the dinosaurs!