|View of Mongolian steppe west of Bayan Olgii|
I think the image above does a good job of conveying the majesty of the Mongolian steppe: we drove quite a ways from Bayan Olgii to the lofty Altai in the very westernmost corner of the country, stopping only a few times. The pictures below were some taken then, as were the shots I featured in the blog of Panzerina and Goniolmon that kicked off this Mongolian flora series.
|Iris lactea closer up|
It made some good sized hummocks...
This is probably a larger specimen of the same bindweed: although I fantasize it could be a small Convolvulus fruticosus or perhaps even Convolvulus gortschakovii (worth Googling)--the only other species which it might resemble somewhat in Mongolia. A choice genus in that country if you overlook Convolvulus chinensis!
I was amazed to see this growing on dry steppe: it was otherwise only seen at high elevations on tundra--where it was in peak bloom as well. We found this wonderful dragonhead several places on the steppe, looking identical to the alpine forms, only a tad sparser at the lower levels...
|Asteraceae Cichoriaceae tribe.|
|Rhinactinidia cf eremophila|
This is possibly Dontostemon integrifolius.
|Another crucifer I can't identify|
A particularly attractive Umbellifer: it seems to approximate Lithosciadium multicaule, which is widespread in Central Asia, and tends to be saxicole as the name implies.
|Linaria acutiloba (or possibly Linaria buriatica)|
A mystery Caryophyllacae--looking like a Stellaria, of which there are 16 species listed for Mongolia, most of which are noted as occurring in this area.
|A. vodopjanovae, (akin to Allium mongolicum)|
Sixty species of Potentilla occur in Mongolia...half of which look a bit like this...
I can't even guess this to family for sure. Mark McDonough suggests Plantago spp?
|Ancient bonsaied steppe shrub|
|Astragalus cf brevifolius or Astragalus cf. junatovii Sancz.|
Possibly the same as the last species--from a different locale...
No end of Astragalus...
|A distinctive umbel|