“Previously, scientists found it only at two points: on the Rosa Khutor rock and on the green wedge of the Karpovka river valley,” said Boris Tuniev, deputy director of science at the Sochi National Park.
It is clarified that the scientists went there to continue the laying of areas in the eastern beech along the entire profile of the mountain, from the lower tall beech forests to the upper edge of the crooked beech forest.
This time a ragwort was found here, which is listed in the Red Book of the Krasnodar Territory. It is a narrow endemic species that grows only on Mount Aibga and nowhere else in the world. In addition, it was possible to establish one more place of growth of the Sakhadze rhododendron – a natural hybrid of Caucasian and pontic rhododendrons. It is also listed in the Red Book of the Krasnodar Territory.
So, during field work, Sochi National Park scientists completed a six-month monitoring cycle in Ober Khutor. This is a direct route from the highest station to the lowest, to Edelweiss. The route traverses subalpine meadows, rocky outcrops, crooked forests, rhododendron thickets, and forests.