High Country of Western Yunnan – Summer 2017
Cameron gave a talk about his plant adventures in the Western Yunnan Province of China. He has travelled to Western Yunnan three times in the last four years, each time exploring different areas to discover more about the diverse Chinese flora growing in their natural habitat. Cameron’s travel to the High Country of Yunnan links in with his interest in Chinese collections and his work at Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens.
Because the High Country of Yunnan is a mountainous region with a diverse topography and climate, it is extremely rich in vegetation types. Some of the highlights of his travels include:
- The Snub-Nosed Monkey Reserve in Tacheng – Here he sighted Peonies, Aquilegias, Rhododendrons, Shuttlecock Fern, and Orchids.
- Mingyong Glacier and Gorge – Here he sighted Rhododendron decorum, Yellow-Flowered Jasmine, rare Maples, Birches, and many lesser-but-showy, fascinating plants.
- Zhongdian Alpine Botanical Garden – Here the site selection was originally a special reserve for Lady Slipper Orchids, genus Cypripedium, as there are five species native on-site.
- Cang Shan Mountain (3900m)– Alpine shrubs, herbs in-flower, several species of Rhododendron, Berberis, Primulas, Cardiocrinum, and Arisaemas.
Cameron spoke to a huge number of images of plants that he saw and photographed. Too many and too varied to reproduce here. (you should have been at the meeting, as you missed out on a treat!)