Flora of Causses
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| Shrub, sometimes small, but being able to rise until three-four meters in favorable grounds. Its oval leaves are glazed and persistent, their colour can go from the green to the orange yellow.|
The discrete flowers avoid being pointed out in order to surprise us better with strange fruits in form of three footed soup pot.
Shrub of a recognizable bluish green to its sharp small leaves, like thick short needles, delicately prickly and attached on the stem three by three. It is the « cade » ( juniperus oxycedrus) which essentially populates our areas, amongst about sixty species.
|The Juniper tree ( juniperus ...)|
The fruits are little berries, small round black'n bluish berries. When they are ripe, they are used to scent game and to raise sauerkraut taste. And obviously it is with these fruits that one prepares liquor of juniper berries, whereas somewhere else other people distil them with grain, according to various processes, to obtain geneva or gin...
| This thistle, or pastoral 'panicaut', is a plant with bluish thorny leaves not exceeding the fifty centimetres. |
This bush, also named sloe as the fruit, constitutes sometimes true hedges along the ways.
|The blackthorn ( prunus spinosa)|
With the springtime, the blackthorn overlaps with a cover of white flowers.
The fruits, which gave the ancient french name prunellier, are large blue-dark black balls, of a rough acrid taste. It is necessary to await the first frosts so that the fruit becomes edible.
This flat thistle, most commonly called « cardabelle » or « cardoule » in our areas, proudly spread over the ground, large stemless flower of stemless thistle, surrounded by an aureole of prickly leaves. Amongst the protected species, 'she' look very well as our flag, proudly flying on the world wide wind !
|The Large Carline Thistle ( Carlina Acanthifolia)|
A local poet described 'her' with elegance and humour.
Let us listen to him !
This gramineae ( or Poaceae) is found on the dry moors where its silky aspect can offer to the stare the iridescent swaying of a scintillating surging sea.
|The Feather Grass ( stipa pennata)|
We like to name it « hair of angel »...
It is a shrub whose stems are slender enough, without spines, with little provided foliage. The young leaves are cottony beneath. The white flowers have narrow petals which do not overlap.
|The shadbush ( Amelanchier ...)||