Kleewiese and Gahnshauswiese 28.5.2013

I dealt with visiting the two grasslands on a regular basis this year to see how vegetation changes.

The walk from Gasteil to the Kleewiese taking advantage of a hidden and unmarked forest track only takes me half an hour. At the beginning a flock of sheep.

Kleewiese. The grass is much higher now as compared to three weeks ago. Globe Flowers ...

 ... and, Cotton Grass (Eriophorum latifolium) are flowrishing in wet places. If you look carefully, you even see from the distance the countless dark violet ...

 ... Western marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza majalis)

Near a narrow beck a few exemplars of the Common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris)

In a bit drier places Common spotted orchid (Dactyloriza maculata subsp. Fuchsii) is growing.

Cotton Grass (Eriophorum latifolium)


Once more the Western marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis)

Cotton grass

Common Twayblade (Listera ovata)

Globe Flowers (Trollius europaeus)

This is now a difficult designation. Although there are described many variants of the Common spotted orchid (Dactyloriza maculata subsp. Fuchsii), this one is partly yellow, and the central lip of the flower is reminiscent to the Elder flowered orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina). Is this a hybrid? I´d say many thanks to the hint of an expert.

Narcissus-flowered anemone (Anemone narcissiflora), which I also found here last year.

European columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)

First flowers of Fragrant orchids (Gymnadenia conopsea)

Good view from here to Ternitz and Neunkirchen.

This is much easier, the lip is that of a Common spotted orchid (Dactyloriza maculata subsp. Fuchsii), the color is near white - an albino.

A few latecomers of Elder flowered orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina)

Common spotted orchid (Dactyloriza maculata subsp. Fuchsii) ...

 ... and nce more in a light variant.

Once more variant of Common spotted orchid (Dactyloriza maculata subsp. Fuchsii) - I hope this is correct.

The view to Hohe Wand (left) and Gösing (right).

On the way down in the forest...

Garlic cress (Peltaria alliacea)

Common bugle (Ajuga reptans)

Back at the car, I drive a few kilometres to Prigglitz and walk up through forest ...

 ... to the Gahnshauswiese.

Stunning flowerage here too. Meadow salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)

Common sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)

In ome places where the grass isn´t that high, the tiny Burnt-tip Orchids (Neotinea ustulata) ...

 ... and Military orchid (Orchis militaris)

Still in flower the many different variants of the Und noch immer blüht das Green winged orchid (Anacamptis morio).

Military orchid

Meadow salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)

Burn tip orchid

Military orchid

Burnt tip orchid

Near the outskirts of the forest many flowers of the Mehr zum Waldrand hin finden sich zahlreiche Exemplare des Lesser Butterfly-orchid (Platanthera bifolia)

Colorful orchid greassland ...

Once more variants of the Green winged orchid.

Zweiblättrige Waldhyazinthe

Wiesen - Bocksbärte

Lesser Butterfly-orchid (Platanthera bifolia)

Zooming in to the Heukuppe, the highest summit of the Rax massive, with lots of old and also some new snow.

On the way back, a picture of one of the many Sword leaved Helleborines.

On the drive home, I have to stop shortly before Saubersdorf to admire this colored field.