We did not have the time to accompany them all the way and besides, I could not scramble up some of the steeper ascents with my broken arm but we nevertheless enjoyed an interesting couple of hours with them.
I thought this plant, which I noted a week ago, might be a cistanche, but the professors confirmed it as a broomrape.
Also, I had previously thought this daisy was not particularly out of the ordinary, having come across it in various locations, but they informed me that it was,in fact, quite a rare variety.
There are plenty of wild flowers out at the moment for them to study and many of these we have recently featured on this blog but I do not think we have posted a photo of this little plant, weasel’s snout, before.
Digby managed to capture a good shot of a Spanish festoon butterfly, not at all common these days, alighting on an echium.
The sun was quite fierce this morning. We are used to it but we noticed some of the paler students were turning pink. Our dogs sensibly sat in the shade when plants were being studied.
Tomorrow the group are visiting the botanical gardens in Rodalquilar before going on to the badlands near Tabernas. We will meet up with them again on Saturday when they are doing the coastal walk from Las Negras to El Playazo.