THE BOTANY OF THE SMREKOVEC HIGHLAND RIDGE
An exceptional richness and a diverse botany of the Smrekovec highland ridge were mentioned already by Dr. Viktor Petkovšek in his article “On the Savinja volcanoes” in 1945. In this article he describes the beauty of the countrysideand of plant world with an enthusiasm of a researcher and a nature fan. But he did not forget to call attention to the nature vulnerability and the need for its protection.
While walking up mountain paths to the highland ridge we pass delightful meadows of highland grasslands, which are abundant with botanical sights. The characteristic plant association is Mat grass, accompanied with flowers such as Arnica, Bearded Bellflower and Mountain Avens. Blue flowers such as Stemless Gentian or hairy White Pasque Flower will greet us in the early spring. Stony sites are overgrown with plant peculiarities, which are in favour of specific bedrocks. Those are e.g. fern Alpine Woodsia, Dwarf Primrose and Primula villosa. The gayness of colours is fulfilled with white flowered Reseda-Leaved Bittercress. Carpet beddings of Alpine Bellflower and small shrubs of Alpine Asalea are in blossom a bit later. Saxifraga stellaris prolifera, endemic sub-specie of Starry Saxifrage flourish in moist places.