Caltha leptosepala

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cohan
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I actually forgot about those Caltha- I like those too-- they are different in leaf as well as flower from my local ones..

The ones I originally meant, are these ones (took some searching- there have been a lot of travel threads at SRGC since this- I had to go to page 14!
Instead of red, I should have said pink or purple-- there is a close shot here and  view of a whole purple mountain side!!
http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3911.msg103200#msg103200

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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That was a nice one! I have seen pictures before but forgotten all about it. Have to look for that one!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Its been a couple of years and more so maybe some vendors have plants by now.. either Holubec or Pavelka had some seed, but I don't know if it would still be good or not...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Barstow
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I was in Northern Norway a few years ago and visited Magnar Aspaker and various other gardeners several of whom had variations on this red-flowered form which I've never seen anywhere else. They obviously like it up there. I also saw Chilean Caltha sagittata growing in the botanics in Tromsø (now Psychrophila sagittata I believe). Posting a few other Calthas I've spotted on my travels. Have also several in my garden, but have struggled with C. leptosepala (have tried several from seed including ssp biflora and ssp howelii). Have recently been researching the widespread use of Caltha spp as wild foraged food throughout the Northern hemisphere, hence my interest i collecting these - C. leptosepala is reputedly better tasting than palustris (NB! like most Ranunculaceae they must be thoroughly cooked or dried to remove the toxins!).

See the file names for IDs!

Caltha palustris Rimor Jensen
Caltha  sp.
Caltha sagittata
Caltha palustris var. himalayensis
Caltha polypetala
Caltha palustris
'Flora Pleno'
Caltha palustris alba

Edited to include names for search capability - Moderator

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Hoy
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Quite a collection of pictures, Stephen! Should have been in "real flesh" ;)
The leaves of the two first ones seem to be more reticulated than the others. Does that hold for all the reddish-flowered palustris forms?
Didn't know they were edible though :o

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Really nice ones, Stephen- love the reds, and the sagittata has nice leaves- I think I've seem pics and wasn't impressed, but this form looks good..
There are a lot of petal forms amongst our local palustris, but I've never seen any colour or leaf variations...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Caltha leptosepala in one of my acid beds:

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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