Saturday, 27 May 2017

Black Bear, Burning Bush and Mystery Flower


A small nature reserve to the south of Vienna was the setting for today's adventure. Intended to be a recovery jog after last week's half-marathon (see Bard on the Run) it turned into a walk of discovery. Fortunately I had my camera with me. 

Please can someone identify the mystery (to me) orangey-brown flower immediately above the stone cat? I saw perhaps half a dozen of these flowers. Nobody I spoke to could say what they were.*

*Mystery solved. It's a Yellow Broomrape. And a lovely one too! 


Arctia Villica (Cream-Spot Tiger Moth (Eng) or Black Bear (Ger)

Dictamnus Albus - Diptam or Burning Bush (Ger)





Orbanche lutea - Yellow Broomrape (Eng) Gelbe Sommerwurz (Ger)







10 comments:

  1. Arsenal won the FA Cup. I didn't watch it but they beat Chelsea 2-1. A consolation for a poor season. The flower is an orchid. Which one is diificult to say. A gymnadenia maybe if it was sweet scented.

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    1. Plant is an orobanche. In German it's a Gelbe Sommerwurz.

      Well done the Gunners! Another trophy in the cupboard. They can be happy with that.

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    2. I just found some images.

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    3. Nailed it. It's a Yellow Broomrape. :)

      Thanks for the push.


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    4. Ah well. A parasite. A rapist.

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  2. The green in that last photo is so lush. Tiger moths are becoming a rarity here in the U.K., sadly. We get them in the garden from time to time. Broomrape is an amazing plant. I've searched for it and not found it...yet.

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    1. I think it's the first time I've seen them . . . the moth and the flower.

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  3. Hello Gwil!
    It's not hard to see why you prefer to run to the hills!! Beautiful landscape and I was soo pleased to see those rare orchids and other species unknown to me! Along the beaches and in some meadows along the coastline you can find beauties like those. Such lovely pictures, you have an eye for it!
    And God knows there is a need for beauty and lush colours in this gloomy world. My heart sank when I heard of yet another attack on those koptic christians. It just isn't enough is it? The pope was there just a while ago, giving them support and comfort. He's going to be very busy if this keeps up.
    We can't go hibernating when the creation is bursting with beauty and life, we must carry on and take every day as it comes. We can enjoy the beauty, the richness, the love and care, the comfort and the blessings of companionship and empathy between people. Those who can't appreciate any of this I pity. It must grow very dark in there.....

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    1. Another bright and sunny today day today. It was very exciting to resume proper training today after a week's rest from running following the last race. More lovely trails to follow on the north side of the Danube this time. And I had a guide. Will download some photos on Bard on the Run later today.

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