Alpine Toadflax

Linaria alpina

''Linaria alpina'', sometimes called alpine toadflax, is a purple-flowered member of the genus ''Linaria''. It is found in many mountain ranges in southern and central Europe from the Sierra de Gredos and the Montes de León in Spain  to the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula including the Jura mountains Alps, Pyrenees, and central Apennines.
Alpine Toadflax ssp. filicaulis On the scree above the Fuente Dé cable car in the Picos Alpine Toadflax,Cantabria,Linaria alpina ssp. filicaulis,Picos de Europa,Spain

Appearance

It is an early colonist of recently exposed and unconsolidated glacial moraine. In contrast to other members of the genus, ''L. alpina'' has purple flowers, with orange lobes in the centre.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderLamiales
FamilyPlantaginaceae
GenusLinaria
SpeciesL. alpina
Photographed in
Spain