Visiting a remote population of I. orjenii and exploring species D. knappi, S. horvatii and E. serpelifolium

Field visit for data and seed collection for rare, threatened and endangered species of Mt. Orjen

As announced in the previous fieldwork trips, the long-expected visit to the third and most remote location of Iris orjenii in Velje leto, Reovačke grede was done from 31.08. - 01.09 by NGO EnvPro research specialist and volunteering team members. The goal of this fieldwork trip was to count individuals of the population, collect seeds, determine whether its individuals have flowered and make a phytocoenological relevé. Seed collection was also planned for Dianthus knappi, Satureja horvatii and Edraianthus serpelifolium to create seed banks and thus enable species reintroductions. Additionally, gathering contacts from the local inhabitants was planned with the aim of including them in conservation of species in question.

The population of Iris orjenii in Velje leto as well as several smaller populations along the Reovačke grede ridge was successfully located and the phytocoenological relevé and seed collection from two individuals of the species successfully performed. For Dianthus knappi, seeds were collected from six populations of the species, while Edraianthus serpillifolim was not found along the planned transect. The team could not successfully identify the species Satureja horvatii since it is very similar to Satureja montana or Satureja subspicata. This Satureja, whichever of the three, was in any case in its flowering stage which made seed collection impossible. Due to these circumstances, expert consultations are to be organized and the plan for the following fieldwork trip in September is to collect seeds for species Satureja horvatii in Orjen Sedlo and Edraianthus serpillifolius in Zubački kabao.

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