My name is Einar Værnes and I live in a town
called Trondheim, in the middle of
I grew up in the fifties and the sixties, about four kilometers north of the village Melhus,
20 kilometers south of
Sorry to say, most of this is now a lost paradise. The greater part of the alder woods by the river is chopped down to make more farm land. Gravel exploitation has ruined much of the river banks, and the pools are filled in.
One of our school duties was to collect and press wild plants to make a herbarium. This awoke an interest in me for the plant life around my home place. We lived in a varied landscape, with mixed forests, fields, meadows, grazing land, roadsides and river banks close by. Within biking distance we could also find seashores, dry hills and marshlands. I rushed around with a bag in my hand, collecting every new species I could find for my collection. The identification was usually quite straight forward, as we had Knut Fægri's flora "Norges Planter I - II " in the book shelf. I can remember that I in high school delivered my herbarium in a cardboard box in stead of a folder - and the frustration when it was later returned to me unopened.
As time went by, time got more scarce. Homework, studies, children and other domestic duties took most of the time. Even if the interest was still there, there was little time to run around in the woods botanizing.
In the spring 2004 I got a digital camera (Minolta DiMAGE E323), and soon discovered that I could get excellent flower pictures with it. I searched up a couple of plants I had had problems identifying in my youth - a Corydalis and a Dactylorhiza ( I still have problems with that one). I found both of them where I have seen them about 35 years earlier.
The year before, I had also found and identified a plant that was not
covered in any of my floras. I had visited my mother in my childhood home, and
was on my way home when I could spot a large number of blue "willow
herb" at a wood side. Of course I had to stop to investigate that. I fount
that it has not a blue willow herb at all, but a rather stout
pea flower I had never seen before. I took some specimen home to see if
I could identify it. It was not in any of my floras, the one that came closest
was Galega officinalis.
I assumed it could be an other Galega
species, and searched Internet for other Galegas.
After some search I was able to identify it as Galega
orientalis. Further internet search revealed that
it had been tried in fodder production in
All this gave me a kick to resume my old botany hobby. I thought it
would be a challenge to see how many different species I could find and
identify during one season. I concentrated at the
I hope to be able to continue updating this net site. Some species I have seen round about are not yet included. Some pictures are also of low quality and should be replaced. I have not written much about the different species, this is information that can easily be found at several other net sites.
I have used those floras for identification:
- firstly the family's old Norges Planter I - II by Knut Fægri, which I have now inherited
- Lid: Norsk flora, 7.utgåva
- Damms store flora for Norge og Nord-Europa
- Naturen i farger Floraen I - II
- The wild flowers of Britain and Northern Europe
- Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe