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Travelling on Kamchatka
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Flora of Kamchatka

The short northern summer, the humid Pacific climate, the abundance of rivers and streams, mountainous terrain and volcanic activity — these factors directly affect the Kamchatka flora and give it originality and uniqueness.
A bright feature of Kamchatka flora is tall grass, which reaches three meters in height and even higher. Such herbal jungles easily hide a horse together with a rider. The main representative of Kamchatka high-grass is a shelamannik (Kamchatka meadowsweet), often mixed with hogweed (cow parsnip). It is also found senecio konopliovaite, carrot forest, Kamchatka pleurospérmum, angelica bear. Mostly such thickets are found in floodplains of rivers, in mountain ranges and wherever ground water is located close.
In the meadows, which are common at all heights from the sea coast to the mountain plateaus, you can observe various flowers throughout the short summer, from melting snow to the appearance of new snow. Some flowers replace and complement others as in a kaleidoscope. The most interesting Kamchatka flowers are the venerin slipper or the large-flowered slipper, the golden and Kamchatka rhododendrons, the Kamchatka mytic and saxifrage. It is especially interesting to observe how, in the struggle with the elements, small but resistant plants bloom with different colors on lifeless volcanic slopes.
The forests of the peninsula occupy a third of its area and mainly consist of stone birch (Hermann birch), which often bends, acquiring strange shapes. Coniferous and mixed forests predominate in the central part of the peninsula along the valley of the Kamchatka River. Hairy alder, Sakhalin willow, fragrant poplar, chosenia, aspen are found in river floodplains. On the east coast in the Kronotsky Reserve, graceful or Kamchatka fir grows, representing a relict grove of 22 hectares.
Alder and cedar shrubs dominate between the zones of the forest and alpine meadows. They are the main obstacle for walking tourists. Having lost the trail, you can spend a lot of time and energy wading through the "cedar" and "alder".
Kamchatka region is very rich in wild berries. The most popular of them are honeysuckle (it is delicious and not bitter in Kamchatka), marsh and volcanic blueberries, cowberries, shiksha (or crows, crowberries), princess (arctic raspberries), rowan elderberry. The berry season starts from July and ends at the end of September.