National Park Portugal Alentejo & the nature of Quinta Azenha do Ramalho

Here are a few of the many pictures that we took at the Quinta and elsewhere in the Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede.   The month indicates when the picture was taken.  If you like wild flowers, don't miss Alentejo in spring, the Provence of Portugal.


Viola, February

Viola, February

Amethyst broomrape, Orobanche amethystea ssp.amethystea, April

Parasitic amethyst broomrape, Orobanche amethystea ssp.amethystea, April

White broom, May

White broom, May


White-leaved Cistus, Cistus albidus

White-leaved Cistus, Cistus albidus, May

Gum Cistus, Cistus ladanifer

Gum Cistus, Cistus ladanifer, May


Perennial pimpernel (blue), Anagallis monelli ssp. monelli

Perennial pimpernel (blue), Anagallis monelli ssp. monelli

Provençal Fritillary, Mellicta deione

Provençal Fritillary, Mellicta deione

Tassel Hyacinth, Muscari comosum

Tassel Hyacinth, Muscari comosum, April

Large skipper, male, Ochlodes venata

Large skipper, male, Ochlodes venata

Star-of-Bethlehem, Asphodelus ramosus

Star-of-Bethlehem, Asphodelus ramosus, April

Basil-like Sunrose, Halimium ocymoides

Basil-like Sunrose, Halimium ocymoides, May

Scarce swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius

Scarce swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

Chapman's Blue, Agrodiaetus thersites or Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Chapman's Blue, Agrodiaetus thersites or Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Drosophyllum lusitanicum - Erva pinheira orvalhada, Pinheiro baboso, (Slobbering Pine), Dewy Pine.

The drosophyllum lusitanicum is an unusual carnivorous plant which feeds on insects that stick to the gooey secretions on its leaves. It is commonly thought that this plant is restricted to the southern coastal areas of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa where it survives the summer dryness by condensing morning fogs on the globdules of its leaves. Yet the altitude and position of the Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede gives rise to the humidity required to support a population of these fascinating plants.

drosophyllum lusitanicum bud

Drosophyllum lusitanicum is just about the most successful carnivorous plant in terms of the amount of prey it catches. Even the flower buds can catch flies.

drosophyllum lusitanicum flower

The delicate pale yellow flower.

drosophyllum lusitanicum young seed pod

The young seed pod supported by a reddened flower casing.

drosophyllum lusitanicum plant growing in schist rock

Carnivorous plants typically grow in soils which are low in nitrates. This colony thrives on bare crumbly schistous rock.

drosophyllum lusitanicum colony

Whilst some say conservation efforts are necessary to preserve this species, the Parque authority no longer consider drosophyllum lusitanicum to be endangered here. In this particular location near the Quinta there are about 200 plants.

detail of drosophyllum lusitanicum flower

Detail looking into a drosophyllum lusitanicum flower.

drosophyllum lusitanicum captured fly

Some leaves have much more success than others which suggests the decomposing prey attracts even more prey.

drosophyllum lusitanicum frond

Young leaves unfurl in fronds like ferns.


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National Park Portugal Alentejo

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