All these were taken on April 25 and 26 during a hike over the range between Xizhou and Fengyu. There are a few I can’t identify, so any suggestions and/or corrections will be very welcome. Click on the images to open the gallery and see what they are. Cheers!

This was one of my favourites. Its cousin Rosa rubus was everywhere lower down the mountain and along the valley floors – so common, indeed, that I forgot to take a picture of it.

Let’s get on with the rhododendrons, which were the most spectacular part of the higher elevations. Cangshan doesn’t rank with the Laojun or Baimang ranges when it comes to variety, but it’s still not bad!

This is my absolute favourite rhododendron. Try as I  might with Photoshop, I can never get the pictures to do justice to this flower’s vivid red.

When I first saw it, I thought this was a Rhododendron wardii – you can’t see it in the picture, but the petals tended towards yellow. I’ve changed my mind, though…

These dominated the east side of the range from about 2,800 meters on up.

I’m not too sure about this one.

I thought this was a mock-orange of sorts, but Lijiang-based botanist Robbie Hart tells me it’s actually a Clematis, possibly montana.

I think this is a miniature version of the plant that lights up the plain around Shangri-la every spring and autumn.

An aster, I’ve no doubt, but I don’t know which one. All the flowers from here on were unknown to me, but Robbie Hart has filled in some of the blanks. Thanks, Robbie!

 

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