date of photo Jul 5, 2019
latitude 46.35984 longitude 13.70331
View on Google Maps.
Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, right bank of river Soča, next to Trenta 2a cottage, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)notes Slo.: navadna mačja zel - syn.: Acinos vulgaris (L.) Pers., Calamintha vulgaris (L.) Druce, Melissa clinopodium Benth., Melissa vulgaris (L.) Trevis. Calamintha clinopodium, Satureja vulgaris (L.) Bég - Habitat: Semiruderal ground near a cottage; burnt down place by a fire of the cottage two years ago; almost flat terrain; skeletal, low nutrients, calcareous ground; partly sunny place; mixed wood edge; elevation 585 m (1.920 feet); average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. Substratum: soil. Comment: Clinopodium vulgare ssp. vulgare is a very common and widespread plant. It is a Euro-Asian and North American floral element and grows also in parts of north Africa. It loves nutrients poor ground of almost any kind and can be frequently found on disturbed land, path sides, bushlands and similar places. In Slovenia it is currently the only member of the genus Clinopodium. Its taxonomical history is quite picturesque as the list of the synonyms above proves. Historically it was a member of several other genera in the large family Lamiaceae (mint or deadnettle or sage family), which comprises about 250 genera with more than 7.000 species. Its taxonomy is not yet settled firmly. Nevertheless, in my country as well as in the whole Alpine region it can be easily recognized by many almost linear, distinctly fringed bracts (reduced leaves) at the base of each inflorescence (they can be seen on Fig.5 extreme lower right). Ref.: (1) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 782. (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 608. (3) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 2., Haupt (2004), p 146. (4) K. Lauber and G. Wagner, Flora Helvetica, 5. Auflage, Haupt (2012), p 844. (5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamiaceae (accessed July 7. 2019)camera Sony ILCE6000 / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70 mm/f4
contributor's ID # Bot_1223/2019_DSC6773 photo category: Plant - annual/perennial