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Doronicum glaciale
Doronicum glaciale
Leopard's Bane
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0216 3275 (2016-02-27)

Copyright © 2016 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Jul 17, 2014
  • latitude 46.43937   longitude 13.64560     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Mt. Mangart region, Mangart' plateau, scree slopes below west face of Mt. Mangart, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: ledeniški divjakovec - Habitat: sparsely overgrown scree slope at the foot of mountain face, west aspect, calcareous ground with some acid rocks, sunny place, average precipitations ~3.000 mm/year, average temperature about 0 deg C, elevation 2.020 m (6.600 feet), alpine phytogeographical region. Substratum: soil among scree and stones. Comment: Doronicum glaciale is a beautiful, conspicuous high mountain plant, which often grows in large stands with many flowering stalks. Its golden heads may have up to 5 cm in diameter. The plant is hairy. The hairs are of different types and lengths and based on them some botanists distinguish subspecies taxa. Others claim that the hairiness of Doronicum glaciale is simply very variable and as such not sufficient to ground them. Doronicum glaciale can easily be confused with similar Doronicum grandiflorum, which is somewhat taller and grows in similar habitats. Shape and size of ground leaves is a good distinguishing feature. Leaves of Doronicum glaciale are narrower (from 1 to 2.5 cm) and transition from the leave bottom to the stalk is gradual. Leaves of Doronicum glaciale are broader (from 3 to 7 cm) and the leaf bottom is rounded or cordate (heart-shaped, with the notch at the base). Doronicum glaciale is endemic to southeast Alps and can be found only in Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Ref.: (1) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 2., Haupt (2004), p 532. (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije, Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007) (in Slovene), p 667. (3) H. Sauerbier, W. Langer, Alpenpflanzen: Endemiten von Nizza bis Wien (II), IHW-Verlag (2000), p116. (4) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora Österreich Liechtenstein, Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 914.
  • camera   Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_813/2014_DSC1833
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Leopard's Bane (photographer)
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