Sep 25, 2017 - 9:18 PM
Grey day here in UK - nothing on my agenda, nowhere to be etc., so decided it was time I got all my reference books out and tried to put some more familiar-sounding names to your flower photos! Mixed results ensued - some I already knew, a few I thought I did but didn't match your German label - some very elusive! I have a rather handsome book I bought myself in Germany one time which is not just flowers, but all nature stuff - more of that later - an alpine flower book I bought in Alpine Garden on Schynige Platte and an English Alpine book which I got in a second-hand book shop and cost a lot as it was out of print so hard to come by! I also resorted to using trusty German Dictionary when I couldn't find any other reference!
So here goes with what I think (not know!!!).
Gewöhnlicher_Wundklee-1 pretty sure about this one! Latin name - Anthyllis vulneraria - pea family - common kidney vetch. (Gewöhnlicher_ means common)
Gebräuchlicher_Arznei-Baldrian-1 this one proved tricky - couldn't find in any of the flower books so used dictionary to translate into English and it came out as common (or usual) medicinal valerian.
Gewöhnliches_Sonnenröschen-1 - knew this one - helianthemum nummelarium which is a rock-rose.
Schwalbenwurz-Enzian-1 knew this as well- it's usually called trumpet gentian - but interestingly Schwalben means swallow and wurz means root - Enzian is gentian.
Quirlblättriges_Läusekraut-1. Latin name - pedicularis verticillata - whorled lousewort.
Gewöhnlicher_Hornklee-1. - knew this one as well! Latin name - Lotus corniculatus - common bird's foot trefoil (often known as bacon 'n eggs because often has red tips to it.)
Bachbungen-Ehrenpreis-1. Latin name - veronica baccabunga or chemaedrys. recognised this as a speedwell.
Rote_Waldnelke-1 - bit of a problem here as I was sure it was a primula or primrose but name you have put to it means a red forest carnation/clove - leaves are wrong for dianthus / carnation family!
Pretty sure the yellow unnamed is also a primrose and the blue unknown is a Bavarian gentian as a field gentian has 4 petals not five. the little yellow one in that photo is also a common kidney vetch like your first picture.
Hope all this doesn't confuse rather than help!
That rather splendid nature book I mentioned earlier also threw light for me on a bird I had been following about near our apartment and eventually managed to get pictures of - see attached - and it was called a Hausrotschwanz - phoenicurus ochrurus or put simply a house red-tail! Apparently common around villages! As I had been referring to it as a red-tailed bird I was closer than I knew!
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