A few of the wildflowers on the alvars of Saaremaa Island, Estonia

June 30th, 2011

KURESSAARE, ESTONIA–We have gotten to know the western coastline of Saaremaa very well and would like to simply share some of the gorgeous flowers found there. All of these grow in alvars, which are environments on limestone bedrock with thin and nutrient poor soils. They often dry out completely in the summer, so they tend to host endemic species well adapted to these specific conditions and generally out-competed elsewhere.
Saaremaa is especially blessed with plant diversity. There are 1200 species of vascular plants on the island, about 80% of all the vascular plant species in Estonia. About 10% of these species are rare and protected

I don’t have any identifications for these flowers. They are here for their beauty and as a break from all the rocks!

2 Responses to “A few of the wildflowers on the alvars of Saaremaa Island, Estonia”

  1. Ruby landison 30 Jun 2011 at 4:55 pm

    The yellow flowers in top photo are narrow leaf stonecrop. Crassulaceae. Appropriate for geologists. Not sure of the others. Possibly a wild rose in there. And another yellow looks like wallflower.

  2. Mark Wilsonon 01 Jul 2011 at 12:11 am

    Very helpful, Ruby. We may call upon your expertise again!

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