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Alpine snowbell

Soldanella alpina

Description:

The alpine snowbell is a small herb in the family Primulaceae, with bent bell-shaped flowers with violet-blue petals. It rounded leaves are found at the base of the plant. This species is under threat of displacement with climate change.

Habitat:

Damp meadow, alt. 1500m ASL

Notes:

Flowers from the first snowmelt though to August. Found between 900 and 3000 m ASL.

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6 Comments

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Beauty!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks for the information and for sharing this Daniele. There are so many unseen wonders that are so vulnerable. This one deserves an SOTD !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Leuba! That's right; this arrangement also gives full exposure to sunlight and close contact with the warmer soil beneath; the rosette remains protected and warmer under the snow during winter.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Oh, what a beauty !! Photos are just great Daniele. I suppose the thick leaves are to withstand snow.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you armadeus.4!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

The leaves look like flattened apples and the flowers are bells! I love it! Beautiful pics Daniele. Thank you for sharing :)

DanielePralong
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DanielePralong

Châtel-Saint-Denis, Fribourg, Switzerland

Spotted on May 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 27, 2014

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