3) On the way to the Lab from the Fiordigigli, I passed a "fountain"
in a field (actually it was a skinny pipe sticking 6 feet high out of the
ground). The water ran from the pipe downhill through the field, and it
was interesting to see the change in species composition around this mini
Another species of Willowherb, this one is probably Epilobium hirsutum
This is an unusual, succulent species of Veronica, V. beccabunga
- Scrophulariaceae), known by the common name of Brooklime.
4) Around Paganica, most of the plants I observed were on the sides
of roads, though often the roads weren't paved. In many cases, farmland
was directly adjacent to these disturbed patches of land.
A species of Globe Thistle (Echinops), possibly E.
spinosissimus, a species in the Asteraceae.
These purple and white Delphiniums were found growing in a rock crevice
along the road, definitely not in plain view of any gardens.
This is Impatiens glandulifera, a species in the Balsaminaceae.
I found several of these plants growing in a shaded area a few yards off
the road. They are actually native to the Himalayan mountains, having
been introduced to Europe in the 19th century as a garden plant, and are
now considered an invasive species in Italy (source: Blamey, Marjorie and
Blamey, Phillip. 1993. Frutti e Bacche. Collins - aValiardi, Italy.).