Rhodax alpestris

Alpine Rock Rose

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Common name

Alpine Rock Rose

Scientific name

Rhodax alpestris (Jacq.) Fuss.

Conservation status and threats

NOT protected species in Bulgaria.

Description and identification

Rhodax alpestris is a small, creeping semi-shrub. Stems woody at the base. The leaves are opposite, with short stalks, elliptical or lanceolate, with one vein, green on both sides, with hairs to almost glabrous, 4-15 mm long and 2-6 mm wide, without stipules. Inflorescence with 2-8 flowers. Calyx has 5 sepals, 2 of which are shorter, usually whitish. Corolla light yellow, longer than the calyx, with 5 petals, 7-10 mm long. Stamens many. Blooms June - August[1].


Dry stony and rocky places on limestone, in the alpine zone[2].

Distribution in Bulgaria

In the mountains Stara Planina (middle), Pirin and Middle Rhodopes; between 1400 and 2500 meters above sea level[3].


[1] Стоянов, Н. & Б. Китанов. 1966. Високопланинските растения в България. Изд. "Наука и изкуство", София.

[2] Маркова, М. 1979. Флора на Н. Р. България, том VІI.

[3] Борис Асьов, Антоанета Петрова, Димитър Димитров, Росен Василев. 2012. Конспект на висшата флора на България, 4-то преработено и допълнено издание, Българска фондация "Биоразнообразие", София.

Rhodax alpestris на български

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