Ethiopia (March 2013)
Some Plants of the Bale Mountains
The Bale Mountains host some unusual plants. The giant lobelia is the most conspicuous of them. It blossoms only once, producing a flower that may reach 5m above the ground, and then dies of exhaustion. The trunk of the dead lobelia reveals a highly textured skin.
The giant thistle (Echinops ellenbeckii) is another plant with an unusual look.
Hagenia Abyssinica (female/male with pink/yellow flowers). Locals use infusion of the flowers against tapeworm infection (often caused by eating raw meat, a favorite dish among many Ethiopians).
Silver everlasting flowers (Helichrysum Splendidum). They grow in the Bale Mountains between 2500m and 3900m and are used by local women to create perfumes.