Before I get on with what’s likely to be an epic blog about our latest expedition to the Gaoligongshan range, I thought I’d first share a few of the wildflowers we saw on that trip. We were a bit late for the best of them, but still found several we’d never seen before. As ever, any help with identifying these will be greatly appreciated!

These were abundant at higher altitudes, around 3,400 meters above sea level. I can’t find it in any of my books. It looks something like certain varieties of Delphinium or Clematis.

This is one of my very favourites. Once this page has fully loaded you can click on any of the images to bring up the lightbox gallery, which has my guesses at flowers’ identities in the titles.

Now my question is, is this a different flower, or an even lovelier version of the Anaphalis above?

I’m sure this is a Nomocharis of sorts, but if you compare to the Nomocharis forrestii we saw last month you’ll see the petals are significantly different.

I thought this was a Saxifraga, but botanist Robbie Hart in Liajing reckons it’s a Parnassia.

This was our first sighting of the Primula agleniana. I’m indebted to Simon Crutchley’s article on plant hunting in the Gaoligongshan range in The Plantsman for helping me identify this one.

I want to say this is a Trollius yunnanensis, partly because it’s a cool name, but I’m really not convinced.

As for the above and all that follow, I’m completely stumped. I’ve also included a couple of the many colourful fungi we saw by the path. Even Yang Xiao dared not sample these!

Robbie says this is a Hydrangea.

Some kind of Primula, says Robbie.

A kind of Begonia. Once again, thanks to Robbie Hart.

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