Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Willow leaved Gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea)


This distinctive gentian is native to central and eastern Europe, primarily in mountain woodland, though it does occur in less wooded open pasture in some areas, perhaps persisting after woodland clearance.

The fairly tall (60-90 cm) plant was abundant this year in woodland near Damüls, where this specimen was seen high above the Rhine valley near Lake Constance.

The plant has medicinal qualities, hence being named after Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.

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