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Gorgeous Wildflowers on the Trails in Taiwan

Photos by:  Anusha Lee
There are so many wonderful plants on the trails and in the mountains in Taiwan. Although I'm not a botanist and my main focus is still on the hikes, I still want to share some really special flowers I've found on the trails. You can check out the blog posts about the hikes if you want to know more about the trails.
If you want to know more about the flora in Taiwan, you can follow Trevor's Twitter account or his blog. Trevor is a writer, ecologist, and educator who has been living in Taiwan for years.
There are also other references I use for this page: 福星花園 (Chinese), 認識植物 (Chinese), and 台灣物種名錄 Catalogue of Life in Taiwan. TaiCol.
For more technical information, please check Database of Native Plant in Taiwan and Plants of Taiwan. Those are recommended by Trevor.
If there is any mistake in the information about those flowers, please don't hesitate to let me know. Thank you for checking out this page.
Adenophora-uehatae_20200905
Chinese Name: 台灣油點草
Common Name or Scientific Name: Taiwan Toadlily
Species: Endemic
Color: White with purple dots
Photo taken: Shakadang Trail
Photo taken date: November 14, 2020
Adenophora-uehatae_20200905
Chinese Name: 韭蘭
Common Name or Scientific Name: Rosepink Zephyrlily, Red zephyr lily
Species: Introduced
Color: Pink
Photo taken: Zhuilu Old Trail
Photo taken date: November 15, 2020
Striate-Acanthephippium-20200418
Chinese Name: 一葉鍾馗蘭, 一葉罈花蘭
Common Name or Scientific Name: Striate Acanthephippium
Species: Native
Color: White
Photo taken date: April 18, 2020
tung-tree-flowers
Chinese Name: 油桐花
Common Name or Scientific Name: Tung tree, Tung Oil Tree
Species: Introduced species
Color: White
Photo taken date: April 18, 2020
Alisan-gentian-20200725
Chinese Name: 阿里山龍膽
Common Name or Scientific Name: Alisan Gentiana
Species: Endemic
Color: Purple
Photo taken: 白姑大山 Mt. Baigu
Photo taken date: July 25, 2020
Shortia exappendiculata Hayata-20200725
Chinese Name: 裂緣花
Common Name or Scientific Name: Shortia exappendiculata Hayata
Species: Endemic
Color: White
Photo taken: 白姑大山 Mt. Baigu
Photo taken date: July 25, 2020
Calanthe-sylvatica-Thouars-Lindl-20200816
Chinese Name: 長距根節蘭
Common Name or Scientific Name: Calanthe sylvatica (Thouars) Lindl.
Species: Native
Color: Pink or dark pink
Photo taken: 立霧山 Mt. Liwu, 拔刀爾山 Mt. Badaoer
Photo taken date: August 16, 2020
Triplicate-Calanthe-20200809
Chinese Name: 白鶴蘭
Common Name or Scientific Name: Triplicate Calanthe,White Crane Orchid
Species: Native
Color: White
Photo taken date: August 9, 2020
Common-Melastoma-20200530
Chinese Name: 野牡丹
Common Name or Scientific Name: Common Melastoma
Species: Native
Color: Pink
Photo taken: Tamsui-Kavalan Historical Trail, mid-section (Post coming soon)
Photo taken date: May 30, 2020
Indian-Pipe-20200725
Chinese Name: 水晶蘭
Common Name or Scientific Name: Indian Pipe, Corpse Plant, Convulsion Root, Pinesap
Species: Native
Color: White
Photo taken: 白姑大山 Mt. Baigu
Photo taken date: July 25, 2020
Adenophora-uehatae_20200905
Chinese Name: 玉山沙參, 台灣沙參
Common Name or Scientific Name: Adenophora uehatae, Taiwan Ladybell
Species: Endemic
Color: Purple
Photo taken date: September 5, 2020
Cirsium-kawakamii Hayata_20200905
Chinese Name: 玉山薊
Common Name or Scientific Name: Cirsium kawakamii Hayata
Species: Native
Color: White
Photo taken date: September 5, 2020
This flower also appears on the banknote of NT1,000. More about this flower
Gaultheria itoana Hayata, Taiwan Gaultheria
Chinese Name: 高山白珠樹
Common Name or Scientific Name: Gaultheria itoana Hayata, Taiwan Gaultheria, Borneo Winter Green
Species: Native
Color: White
Photo taken date: September 5, 2020
Dianthus pygmaeus Hayata
Chinese Name: 玉山石竹
Common Name or Scientific Name: Dianthus pygmaeus Hayata
Species: Endemic
Color: Pink
Photo taken date: September 5, 2020
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