After our field work in Italy, the next stop on our itinerary was the Czech Republic. We reached Ceske Budejovice in the southwestern Czech Republic after spending most of a day and night on trains, from Sestri Levante to Milan, Venice, Vienna, and then Ceske. We were hosted by Libor Ekrt
of the Botany Department at the University of South Bohemia, and he took us on several wonderful trips over almost all of the southern and western parts of the country.
First stop was a beautiful peatland called Borkovická blata.
We also visited a site outside Mariánské Lázne, a town in the very western part of the country, which had a number of Asplenium
species growing on rock outcrops.
|Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens|
And in the southeastern part of the country, we visited the Blansko district, and a densely forested site with Aspleniums
and Dryopteris filix-mas
, among others.
|Wall of Asplenium scolopendrium|
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