Alpine Flower a Day: Spencers Gentian
Alpine Flower a Day: Day. 17, Spencers Gentian (Gentianella spenceri)
– flowers less than a centimetre – not called Little Gentian (gentianella) for nothing!
– found near the edges of the bush on Granity Track, Kahurangi National Park
a found poem
I have only seen two
specimens of this curiosity ,
both of which are too far advanced
to be satisfactory ; but ,
after waiting fourteen years
in the vain hope of obtaining
better material , I venture to publish it
as a distinct
species , chiefly
on account of the petiolate
leaves and small flowers with calyx teeth
the corolla .
hab . South Island ;
Rev. F. H. Spencer ! (1880)
Aha! Couldn't resist this language from Papers Past "A Revision of the New Zealand Gentians" by T. Kirk. F.L.S (Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 28th November, 1894). Botanical descriptions are full of words I'm sure only botanists know. I love the intensity of scientific jargon.
If you're interested in the inspiration behind this month-long series of 'An Alpine Flower A Day' about NZ alpine flowers and poems, you can find more in my first post: An Alpine Flower A Day Enjoy!