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Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:14:37 AM »
Some of you may remember David's report from his 2016 trip to Kazakhstan (here: http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=14540.0).
I was lucky to be given the opportunity to lead the same tour this year in June.
While we explored the same two regions (Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve and Ile-Alatau National Park in the Western and Eastern Tien Shan), we had a slightly different itinerary.

After a day in Almaty, we got on the very comfortable night train to Aksu-Zhabagly, around 500km West of Almaty.
Arriving in the early morning in our guesthouse for the next 5 nights, we were greeted by this view:
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We spent three days visiting the river gorges around Aksu-Zhabagly.

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Roemeria refracta
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Rosa fedtschenkoana (white), Rosa kokanica (bright yellow) and a potential pale yellow hybrid
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Atraphaxis pyrifolia
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2019, 10:37:00 AM »
More from the gorges around Aksu-Zhabagly:

Rosa fedtschenkoana
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Ferula penninervis in Taldybulak Gorge
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Megacarpaea orbiculata
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Allium karataviense
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Allium barsczeweskii




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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 10:43:09 AM »
We spent one day visiting Aksu-Canyon (a 15 km long and 500m deep canyon)

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Cousinia minwitziae
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Scutellaria immaculata, growing in crevices on the slopes of the canyon


A great diversity of alliums, including Allium inconspicuum and A. eriocoleum
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019, 10:53:22 AM »
The meadows near Aksu Canyon, with Allium fetisowii, Eremurus regelii, Gentiana olivieri, Tulipa greigii seed pods, several fennels (Ferula penninervis and F. tenuisecta)
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Dactylorhiza umbrosa growing along streams


Oxytropis trichocalycina
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The bright red fruits of Rheum maximowiczii

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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2019, 10:58:17 AM »
A view point over the Karatau mountains
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Ferula karataviensis
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Lagochilus knorringianus
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Schrenkia congesta
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The wonderful Scutellaria subcaespitosa

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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 11:01:32 AM »
The endemic maple Acer tataricum subsp. semenovii
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Crambe orientalis (does anyone know where to get seeds in the UK?)
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Phlomoides/Eremostachys speciosa


Salvia aethiops


Another view with the tall spikes of Verbascum songaricum
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2019, 11:14:21 AM »
On the 3rd day we went to Mashat canyon, 30 km north-east of Shymkent, which isn't part of the Aksu-Zhabagly reserve. Although it isn't the most quiet of places (the bottom of the canyon is home to holiday camps, restaurants and theme parks), the scenery and the flora are fantastic. Due to the geological history of the region, the flora of the canyon is closer to that of the Karatau range. It is home to several tulip species, including the rare Tulipa lemmersii.

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Cerasus erythrocarpa
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Ephedra intermedia
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Lagochilus platycalyx


Trichodesma incanum
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2019, 11:17:08 AM »
More from Mashat Canyon:



Convolvulus pseudocantabrica
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Sergia severzovii
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Capparis herbacea
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Goebelia pachycarpa

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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 11:23:14 AM »
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Eremurus sogdianus


Iris orchioides
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Phlomis salicifolia


Centaurea pseudosquarrosa
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2019, 11:33:47 AM »
On the fourth day of the trip, we got taken by 4wd to the Kshi-Kaindy Mountain hut, where we climbed up the valley along the stream.

Horses near the hut
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Geranium pratense
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Pedicularis dolichorhiza


Rhinanthus songaricus


Richteria tianshanica (daisy) with Ephedra equisitina

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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2019, 11:36:33 AM »
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Allium hymenorhizum


Berberis oblonga
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Rosa albertii
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Hedysarum flavescens

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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2019, 11:40:07 AM »
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Cortusa turkestanica


Aquilegia atrovinosa


Clementsia semenovii
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Dactylorhiza umbrosa is very common on stream banks
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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2019, 11:43:37 AM »
We decided to walk the 10km down the valley, back to the guest house.

Siberian peashrub, Caragana arborescens
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Both species of endemic apple, Malus sieversii and Malus niedzwetzkyana
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A pale form of Allium severzovii
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Pyrola rotundifolia


Stipa lessingiana
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2019, 11:49:28 AM »
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Morina kokanica, growing on rocky slopes along the path

Codonopsis clematidea, growing above a stream in a shaded area


Linum olgae
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Scutellaria linczewskii

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Re: Kazakhstan Tien Shan (2019)
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2019, 12:10:31 PM »
After 6 days around Aksu-Zhabagly, we got back on the night train, enjoyed a breakfast at the hotel in Almaty and drove up to the Alpine Rose guesthouse in the Ile Alatau National Park.
We spent the morning exploring a woodland area behind the guesthouse.

Clematis alpina subsp. sibirica


Trollius dschungaricus
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Lathyrus gmelinii


Primula matthioli subsp. brotheri


Primula algida

 


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