Archive for 'Gentianaceae'

Exacum affine

Mesmerizingly beautiful plants when in bloom! If the plant has found a better than average place to grow, and against all odds have not been stunted by goats, it will produce a huge number of flowers and that is truly a magnificent sight! Endemic.

Exacum affine

These were located alongside the stream between the dunes of Archer in the north of Socotra. Endemic.

Exacum affine

Very eye-catching flowers, so much so that quite a few know them from florists as a house plant. These were located alongside the stream between the dunes of Archer in the north of Socotra.. Endemic.

Exacum affine

This one was growing alongside a small stream at around 300 meters above sea. Endemic.

Exacum affine UV

No surprises in UV, except that all the parts of the flower appear uniformly dark and that the brightest areas to us are the darkest of all. Endemic.

Exacum affine

This one was growing alongside a small stream at around 300 meters above sea. Endemic.

Gentiana sedifolia

The Condoriri park was a treasure trove of plant species, and I wish I had several days here, as my few hours was far from enough to explore all the incredible miniature plants growing here. Altitude: 4608 metres.

Gentiana sedifolia

The Condoriri park was a treasure trove of plant species, and I wish I had several days here, as my few hours was far from enough to explore all the incredible miniature plants growing here. This species is very variable, so pattern varies. Altitude: 4608 metres.

Deer’s Antlers (Halenia weddeliana)

Looks at first glance like an orchid, but it’s not. It’s common at this altitude. Altitude 3450 metres.

Gentiana sedifolia

I found many in bloom here in the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Mesmerizing color and pattern that can trick your eye’s focus. This species is very variable, so pattern varies. Altitude 4200 metres.

Gentianella cerastioides

At first glance it resembles a Crocus. I was lucky to visit when in bloom, and they thrive here in the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Here it’ growing in a cushion of Azorella pedunculata (Apiaceae). Altitude 4200 metres.

Celiantha imthurniana

This plant grows close to the plateu of Roraima in the montane forest. It was raining on my way up, so photography was not an option, but I was in luck on my way down. I don’t recall seeing it on the top of Roraima, but I believe it’s also present there.

Rogersonanthus quelchii

I didn’t find many of this shrub in bloom – either the flowers were messed up by insects and birds, or simply past blooming. Here you can see how a bird has opened up the flower to steal nectar, as it doesn’t want or know how to get it through the “front door”. How this […]

Irlbachia alata

Grows alongside the path to Roraima.