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Naturally occurring hybrid
Primula elatior on the left (smallest), Primula vulgaris on the right (biggest), and a hybrid in the middle.
Dr. Ferhat Celep, my Turkish collaborator, with the rare Primula megaseifolia!
Two color morphs of Primula vulgaris ssp. vulgaris in Turkey
Looking for Primula near a castle from the Ottoman Empire
One of my favorite desserts in Turkey. It’s a sweet rice pudding. Best served with nuts on top.
Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpi
The purple morph of P. vulgaris. Isn’t it pretty?
Conti Lab in the field looking for Primula
Emilano, Narcis, and Barbara showing a hybrid Primula and its progenitors
Drove over a snow covered pass in the Pyrenees
Primula elatior ssp. intricata in northern Spain!
Hiking in the Pyrenees
Did I mention I broke both of my arms?
Lots of daffodil diversity in Spain
Look at this tiny little Narcissus!
Nice petal spots, huh?
I had the night off so I went to a Flamenco show
Cocktails and castles Slovak style
Now how am I going to get that Primula???
Collecting in Slovakia in the fog
Slovakian food is much tastier than it looks
This a sort of potatoes, cheese, and onion dish. Pretty good.
Pressing plants in the hotel room
Life of a botanist
Primula veris in Slovakia
Hey it's a Primula!
Judita my Slovakian collaborator
She was great! We put in some long days together and make a lot of collections!
Robust hybrid P. veris x P. elatior in Switzerland
Primula veris, Barbara, Primula elatior
Examining herbarium specimens with Elena (my boss) at the herbarium in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Sounds about right
Western Georgia rained like we were in the tropics!
Sampling the famous Georgian clay pot wine
Just a normal field site in Georgia
Elena in Georgia
I thought these were candles
Actually it’s food. Dried fruit sticks.
Mural and mountains shot in Georgia
Primula algida when nothing else is blooming
High in the mountains of Georgia
Giorgi, our Georgian collaborator, and Elena checking out P. veris ssp. macrocalyx
Field of P. veris on my birthday!
Staying at a homestay in Georgia
I really liked Georgian food!
Very rare Primula in Georgia
What's fieldwork without a run in with the military?
They were great! Offered us candy and coffee on the top of this mountain while they scanned our passports!
Primula auricula in Switzerland
Not one of the Primulas in the section I work with but worthy of a picture.
Maybe there is a Primula over there?
Tramuntana Mountains Mallorca, Spain.
Maybe there is a Primula down there?
Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca, Spain
Finally found P. vulgaris ssp. balearica!
I couldn’t find this plant after 60 kms across 5 days of hiking. Finally located a few that had been protected from the goats in a thorny bush. Hurt my arms to get but worth it!
Hiking in the Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca, Spain
Presented my research at a conference in Turkey
Water buffalo milk ice cream!
Not a Primula, but I mean really… look at that elephant face flower!
In a field of Primula
Dr. Ferhat Celep in the field
My Turkish collaborator
Field of Primula auriculata in Turkey
Not in the section of Primulas I study but a cool Caucasus Primula nonetheless.
In exchange for helping some Turkish farmers herd their bulls to pasture they lead me to a Primula population in the Kaçkar Mountains.
Just hanging out with bulls
My favorite bull Paçha
Pretty much an oversized dog
Invited for tea
Checking out a Primula only found in Turkey
This species only occurs in Turkey! So globose! So cool!
Ancient cave dwellings in Cappadocia, Turkey
This is where they made the wine in one of the ancient cave dwellings…so one could say I’m in the oldest bar in Turkey
Tuz Lake, Turkey
A hypersaline lake. I’m walking on salt crystals.
Went to a Turkish Wedding
The groom is Ferhat’s wife’s cousin and I was thrilled to be invited to the wedding!
I love Turkish coffee
Probably one of the coolest runs I've ever done
In the Cappadocia region in Turkey I ran from my cave hotel into the mountains. It was just me, a dirt road, and ancient cave dwellings. No power lines or billboards or other people.
Primula elatior in the Swiss Alps
I know I'm supposed to be looking for Primula...
but I was pretty excited to find Micranthes stellaris in Spain. Although this species is common in Europe I had never seen it. In fact, it was one of only a few Micranthes I had never seen in person!
Finally found the last Primula needed for my project!
It was in fruit but I’ll take it! Brough back seeds to grow in the greenhouse.
Celebrating the completion of fieldwork
Found the last plant I need, on the last day, in the last location checked. But, got it!
Trail run in the Sierra Nevada, Spain
The complete of fieldwork
Over 900 specimens from 79 populations in eight countries!
Rebecca Stubbs is conducting Ph.D. research studying the high-elevation, latitude plant genus Micranthes.
© R.L. Stubbs 2018