SPRING ARRIVAL IN LEAOTA MOUNTAINS

April time is spring time. Whilst the tops of the mountains are still snow-covered, there is full spring in the lower parts of the mountain. The early flowers started to cover the forest ground, and rivers are thriving with new life.

The breading season of amphibians is now fully underway and the mountain toads already laid their eggs in the ponds at the edges of the forests.

The forest ground is now covered by the characteristic spring followers such as Common Snow Drop (Galanthus nivalis), Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus), Alpine Squill (Scilla bifolia), Fumewort (Corydalis solida), Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium alternifolium), or Spurge Laurel (Daphne mezereum).

An interesting discovery was made inside the semi-virgin forests on Valea lui Coman, where we found a lot of white-flowered Liverleaf (Hepatica transsilvanica) – a Carpathian endemic species. These individuals are usually blue-flowered, but these ones here are called albiflora, meaning ”white flower” and are considered to be the result of a genetic defect.

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