Spring Flowers and SOTA

There have been so many beautiful spring flowers on show over the past week in Austira, I thought I would share them. Perhaps some other activators have some nice photos to add.

Marsh Marigolds on the way up to the Heukuppe OE/ST-112

Viola calcarata | Alpine-pansy (Heukuppe)

Primula wulfeniana on the Dreimarkenstein OE/ST-127

Blue Gentian on the Offnerkogel OE/ST-354

I’m no expert on wildflowers, so I won’t be offended if anyone posts to correct the names.
(Edit): Names Corrected
73 de OE6FEG


During last 2 activities :grinning:

Pancratium Illyricum

Cytinus Ruber

Digitalis purpurea

Malva sylvestris

Serapia Cordigera
73 Patrick


From last weekends hike two of the protected alpine flowers found:

Primula auricula | mountain cowslip or bear’s ear | Austrian dialect: Petergstam

Gentian but I don’t know which type. Most likely Gentiana clusii | Stängelloser Kalkenzian


The pink flowers are primula wulfeniana I think.

This one:

is a Vampire Cup I think. I’ve only seen them on Corsica.


Look like Pancratium maritimum. The Sea Daffodil.


Could be gentiana acaulis too, but most likely clusii if on limestone.

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That was my thought. Found on limestone at Nationalpark Gesäuse (North of OE/ST region)

I think those are Viola calcarata | Alpine-pansy
Viola calcarata - Wikipedia

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This is one of the Tongue orchids.

There are a few very similar species so difficult to identify it exactly from the photograph as the significant features are deep in the throat of the flower.


Spotted on Lamington Hill GM/SS-172 last Sunday. Edge of my boot for size.


Those are the Please don’t squash me flower. :slight_smile:

Hi Mat and others, great wild flower photos :grinning:

Thanks all, 73 de Geoff vk3sq

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Hi folks,
I added the name of flowers i found with my app… I’m not a specialist.
There are SO MANY flowers actually…Some are endemic to Corsica.
It’s a joy to walk around and smell all these odors…

I’ve started to collect some pictures : https://www.egloff.eu/index.php/fr/bio/apiculture/floraisons
Not really for SOTA but more for my beekeeping activity… :grinning:

73 Patrick,

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Hi, 73
Just flowers !
PC monitor can’t show those colors


Very nice flowers on the way to the summit that make every activation even more pleasant.

Here in the north of DL there are many windbreak bald spots in the forests that I would like to “afforest” with wildflower seeds.

Of course not in places where the often rare plants could be displaced as a result.

Flower On The Air!

73 Chris


Some more from my recent activations. Spring is over but still a lot to see.

Centaurea montana

I think: Pulsatilla alpina

Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia

Gentiana verna

I just like the dew drops


The top one is an orchid I think, Red Helleborine Cephalanthara rubra. :slight_smile:

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Thanks John for identifing it. I have seen it today at only about 800 m ASL and had no clue about the name. I have also not heard the the german name Rotes Waldvöglein – Wikipedia before.
It is on the red list in the northern pre-alps area. Great find because there were quite a decent number around Kienberg OE/OO-384

Here a closeup


Found this cactus flower on top of W5N/CC-030 on a recent trip to New Mexico.


On OE/OO-189 i sometimes found patches of these densely growing flowers almost right on the hiking path. The butterflies quite liked them. :star_struck:

A more recent hike to OE/SB-357 - which was a true scenic highlight this year - showed us lots of flowers. To my best knowledge I can identify them as blue, purple and yellow cute thingies :slight_smile: .

I never saw more gentians as on this hike. Sometimes densely packed like here:

Very important, the so called “Almrausch”. Grows in big areas and the berries are poisonous.

Bewimperte Alpenrose ( Rhododendron hirsutum ) Bewimperte Alpenrose – Wikipedia


I grew a rhododendron hirsutum in my garden for many years until it expired in a drought while I was away camping, a charming plant, not as gaudy as many garden rhododendrons. It is unusually tolerant of alkaline soil for a rhododendron, being found in limestone areas, while its close relative rhododendron ferrugineum (looking identical to the untrained eye) needs acid soil and is never found on limestone.

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