Slovenia Revealed
Zois bellflower
Slovenia’s high-altitude terrain, which seems inhospitable to life at first glance, is home to a spectacular blue flower. Foto: http://www.pms-lj.si/

Share

A blue flower found nowhere else

Slovenia Revealed
10. August 2016 ob 06:10
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Slovenia’s high-altitude terrain, which seems inhospitable to life at first glance, is home to a spectacular blue flower. Perfectly suited to the rocky peaks of the Alps and the harsh environment above the tree line, the Zois bellflower is endemic to Slovenia and is often seen as a symbol of the country’s mountains.

The Zois bellflower was discovered by Karl Zois, who had been born in Ljubljana in 1756. Often overshadowed by his brother Sigismund, who is still considered one of Slovenia’s foremost scientists of all time, Karl Zois was a highly competent botanist in his own right. Over the years, he put together an impressive herbarium of rare plants, set up a park full of flowers together with his brother, and opened the first Alpine botanical garden in the Slovenian lands.

Karl Zois is most famous today, however, for the plant that bears his name. He discovered it while exploring the Julian Alps, where he owned several huts. One day in 1788, he stumbled on a particularly attractive blue flower high above Lake Bohinj. Recognizing it as a new variety of plant, he sent it to his mentor Franz Wolfen in the town of Klagenfurt. Wulfen was impressed by the flower’s beauty and named it in honor of Zois.

The Zois bellflower actually has its origins in southern Siberia, but like many other plants, it arrived in the Alps sometime before the last Ice Age. Unusually, the flower’s narrow mouths make it difficult for bees and other insects to enter. Instead, the insects often create tiny holes in the flowers – a feature as characteristic of the Zois bellflower as its vivid blue color.

But what makes the bellflower truly special for many Slovenians is that it is endemic to Slovenia. Nowadays, it grows only in a small part of the Alps extending from Slovenia into Austria and northern Italy. It is found nowhere else on Earth. Its uniqueness has made it one of the floral symbols of Slovenia and led the botanist Viktor Petkovšek to dub it “a daughter of the Slovenian mountains.”

Jaka Bartolj

TV & Radio
19:00:00 00:03:21, 15.12.2018
NEWS DEUTSCH 15.12.2018 00:03:34, 15.12.2018
News in English - 14.12.2018 00:04:04, 14.12.2018
A US Mexican couple in Bled 00:04:12, 11.12.2018
DEUTSCHE NEWS 14.12.2018 00:04:04, 14.12.2018
News Deutsch 13.12.2018 00:03:01, 13.12.2018
News in English - 12.12.2018 00:04:02, 12.12.2018
NEWS DEUTSCH 12. 12. 2018 00:03:42, 12.12.2018
News English, 12.12.2018 00:04:52, 11.12.2018
News Deutsch 11.12.2018 00:02:53, 11.12.2018
NEWS DEUTSCH 10. 12. 2018 00:04:03, 10.12.2018
Deutsche news 9.12.2018 00:04:34, 09.12.2018
Dean Donaldson 00:29:47, 09.12.2018
News in English 08.12.2018 00:03:32, 08.12.2018
NEWS DEUTSCH 08.12.2018 00:03:34, 08.12.2018
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK 00:07:17, 08.12.2018
19:00:00 00:02:46, 07.12.2018
NEW DEUTSCH 7. 12. 2018 00:03:59, 07.12.2018
NIGHTLY NEWS IN ENGLISH 6.12 00:02:10, 06.12.2018
NEWS DEUTSCH 06.12.2018 00:02:57, 06.12.2018
Slovenia Revealed
link
A Small-Town Painter of Nobles
14. December 2018 ob 12:03 Matevž Langus was destined to follow in the footsteps of his family and become a blacksmith, but his passion for art ultimately took him to Vienna and Rome, and he became one of the most prolific ...
More articles ...