Campanula barbata (NL: "Baardig klokje" / EN: Bearded Bellflower / DE: Bärtige Glockenblume, Kuhglocke, Himmelsglöckle, Muttergottesglöckle / FR: Campanule barbue) This heary Campanula-species, which is not so common anymore, likes rocky and half shaded places. The plant grows in the Alps and the Carpathians, alongside an isolated location in Norway, in between the plant is rare. The location in southern Norway is probably a relic of the Ice Age. The 0.5 cm long hairs inside the corolla is probably a defence against crawling, honey-consuming insects. The flower is used as shelter by some insects, the temperature difference between inside and outside the clock can reach several degrees.
Image: Passo Gardena (IT) - 10/07/2011
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