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Great Yellow Gentian

Gentiana lutea

Description:

It is a herbaceous perennial plant, growing to 1–2 m tall, with broad lanceolate to elliptic leaves 10–30 cm long and 4–12 cm broad. The flowers are yellow, with the corolla separated nearly to the base into 5-7 narrow petals. It grows in grassy alpine and sub-alpine pastures, usually on calcareous soils.

Habitat:

Moutains of south and central Europe

Notes:

You can extract a pretty strong alcool (actually liquor) from that plant, kind of traditionnal beverage in the swiss alps.

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Karrijini
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Karrijini

Gryon, Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 1, 2011
Submitted on Apr 1, 2012

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