15 November 2011

Edelweiss - Austria

A view from the patch of  Edelweiss looking South Easterly from Adlerweg along the Schlegeisspeicher Lake at 2000 m+ towards Schegeiskees  with Hoher Weisszint and Gruber Moseier at 3082 m and 3480 m.

Same as above but with less cloud the Austrian- Italian border only on the other side of the peaks above.


Edelweiss /ˈdəlvs/, Leontopodium alpinum, is a well-known European mountain flower, belonging to the sunflower family.The common name comes from German edel, meaning "noble", and weiß (also spelled weiss) "white", thus signifying "noble whiteness"The scientific name Leontopodium is a Latin adaptation of Greek leontopódion (λεοντοπόδιον) "lion's paw", from léōn "lion" and pódion "foot" (diminutive of poús, foot")The Romanian name, floarea regine means "Queen's flower". Also, another common name is floare de colţ which means "the corner's flower".The Persian name is gol-e-yax, which translates as "ice flower"Established 1907 by the Austrian-Hungarian Army for their alpine troops, the sign was used in World War II by the Wehrmacht Gebirgsjäger—here as Edelweiss cap badge.The plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at 2000–2900 m altitude and immortalised in the famous Film - The Sound of Music.

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