THE NATURAL RESERVE SMREKOVEC – KOMEN
The very upper part of the Smrekovec highland ridge has been protected as geological and botanical natural reserve since 1987 (Decree of Municipality Mozirje, Ur.l. SRS 27/10. 07.1987). The territory of the protected area lies nowadays in the municipality Ljubno ob Savinji.
The quotation from an expert documentation (The institution for conservation protection, Celje, 1985):
The north-eastern part of the plateau Raduha combines an andesitic highland ridge which encompasses the territory from the peak Travnik till the peak Smrekovec. The andesitic ridge has east-west orientation; the average altitude of an undulating landscape is about 1.500 m a.s.l. It reminds us on Pohorje with its wide and rounded peaks. The ground is covered with a thick soil layer, only the peak Komen shows a bare andesitic rock. The highland ridge is a result of the volcanic activity in the Oligocene geological period.
The type of the bedrock dictated the evolution of specific flora which is very rare or absent elsewhere in Slovenia. Such plants are Stemless Gentian (Gentiana acaulis), White Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla alba), Primula villosa, Campanula residifalia, Starry Saxifrage (Saxifraga setllaris subsp. Prolifera), Loiseleuria procumbens. We can find characteristic vegetation for a silicate ground on the whole ridge (pastures with Nardus stricta, Genisto – Calunetum, Lusulo – Piceetum).
The Smrekovec highland ridge is the only bigger andesitic area in Slovenia and has the only andesitic peak (Komen). It is the only location for some plants in Slovenia as well. Therefore it is proclaimed as an object of national importance. This object is threatened by building of new cottages, new forest roads and by picking of Arnica (Arnica montana).
The area is under the protection regime for geological and botanical nature monuments.