Gardening

Mongolia Monday- Wildflowers, Part 1 (Identification help wanted)

On my previous trips to Mongolia it was either spring or fall, too early or too late to really see much in the way of wildflowers. There were some at Ikh Nartiin Chuluu last year, but I had no way to identify them. Then I found the field guide “Flowers of Hustai National Park” back in Ulaanbaatar, which appears to include most of the common flowers one is likely to encounter.

For the next three weeks I’ll post my flower images with my best guess at what they are since I’m not a botanist. I do garden, however, and many of them look suspiciously familiar.

I would love to have assistance in confirming or correcting my identifications.

The following images are all from Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, which is about two hours southeast of Ulaanbaatar. Some are from the rocky hillsides of Mt. Baits and some from the wetland on the north side of the mountain. None have been retouched in any way.

Artemesia

Wormwood sp.

Aster

Aster sp.

Bedstraw, Galium verum

Bedstraw, Galium verum

Unknown

Unknown

Bluebeard, Caryopteris mongolica

Bluebeard, Caryopteris mongolica (a personal favorite)

Bluebeard plant

Bluebeard plant

Unknown

Unknown

Buttercup?

Buttercup sp.?

Catchfly, Silene jenisseensis

Catchfly, Silene jenisseensis

Cinquefoil sp.?

Cinquefoil sp.?

Clover, Trifolium lupinaster

Clover, Trifolium lupinaster

Caraway, carum carvi?

Caraway, carum carvi?

Elecampane, Inula britanica

Elecampane, Inula britanica

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