1) Parco Nationale d'Abruzzo
|Though I often found individuals bearing only a single flower, this is probably Campanula rapunculus (Rampion Bellflower), a species in the Campanulaceae that is common throughout the lower elevations of the Abruzzo region.||
A bee enjoys a purple thistle.
|Grazing animals roam constantly through the area of the park that we visited. As a result, just about the only plants rising above the tamped down soil had nasty spines, like this Stemless Carline Thistle (Carlina acaulis - Asteraceae). Ouch!|
|The Gentians are an odd mix of 4- and 5-petaled flowers. The one pictured to the right is 4-petaled, and is appropriately called the "Cross Gentian" (Gentiana cruciata - Gentianaceae).|