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Aquilegia atrata
Aquilegia atrata
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0220 0004 (2020-02-01)

Copyright © 2020 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Apr 27, 2007
  • latitude 46.25557   longitude 13.46723     View on Google Maps.
  • location   : 'Breginski kot' valley, above the main road from town Kobarid to Breginj, between villages Borjana and Stanovišče, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: črnikastovijolična orlica - syn.: Aquilegia vulgaris subsp. atrata (W. D. J. Koch) Nyman, Aquilegia vulgaris var. atroviolacea Avé-Lall - Habitat: overgrown former grassland among bushes and scattered trees; moderately inclined mountain slope, south aspect; partly in shade; elevation 490 m (1.600 feet); average precipitations 2.600-3.000 mm/year, average temperature 9-10 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comment: As explained in my post about Aquilegia nigricans, the determination of species within Aquilegia vulgaris / atrata / nigricans group is not an easy task in many cases. Intermediate forms are very common. With this find short glandular hairs on flower petioles, narrow bracts and quite dark color of the flowers, which doesn't show bluish tint but rather brown ones speak in favor of Aquilegia atrata. The shape of the second order leaflets appears mostly ovate (inverse egg-shaped), however, many seem also cuneate (with wedge-shaped basis), which pertains to Aquilegia nigricans. Therefore, my determination may not be completely accurate. - Ref.: (1) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 267. (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 147. (3) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 1,2., Haupt (2004), p 186. (4) K. Lauber and G. Wagner, Flora Helvetica, 5. Auflage, Haupt (2012), p 142.
  • camera   Nikon D70 /Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0182/2007_DSC6748
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Columbine, Granny's Bonnet, Lion’s Herb (photographer)
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