"Deciduous forest at Dzveli Shuamta" Shuamta Things to Do Tip by JLBG

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  Deciduous forest at Dzveli Shuamta
  • Deciduous forest at Dzveli Shuamta - Shuamta
      Deciduous forest at Dzveli Shuamta
    by JLBG
  • Cardamine pratensis (wild Lady - Shuamta
      Cardamine pratensis (wild Lady
    by JLBG

The word "Deciduous" means "trees with leaves falling off or out at a certain season". This is why in April, all trees had pale green leaves just coming out. The type of deciduous forest found in many part of Georgia is named Colchian forest. It is characterized by a variety of trees but here around Shuamta monastery, I noticed mostly Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and Oriental Beech (Fagus orientalis). There might be also Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), but I did not found any.

Colchian forests have a high rainfall and small plants are growing under the shelter of the trees. As the season was early, I found only (photo 2) a carpet of Cardamine pratensis (wild Lady's Smock) but later there should be primroses (Primula spp) and violets (Viola spp)

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2011
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