Plants of the Inland Dunes south of Mannheim in Summer
The inland dune areas 'Unterer Dossenwald' and 'Hirschacker' are situated between Mannheim-Rheinau, Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld and Schwetzingen. Moreover the area of the Rheinau Lake, which is completely surrounded by buildings, is a valuable inland dune biotope. The inland dunes are wind-borne sand fields which came into being, when during the ice ages strong winds blew sand out of the gravel, which the then still meandering Rhine carried from the Alpes and deposited at its edges. The inland dunes came into being when at the end of the ice ages strong winds blew sand out of the gravel, which the then still meandering Rhine carried from the Alpes and deposited at its edges. Since there are extreme conditions of the environment, for example dryness and very high soil temperatures of up to 70 degrees celsius in summer, special communities of plants have formed here.
Helichrysum arenarium, Yellow Everlasting Daisy
Helichrysum arenarium / Yellow Everlasting Daisy
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Psyllium arenarium, Branched Plantain
Psyllium arenarium / Branched Plantain
Plantaginaceae / Plantain Fam.
Berteroa incana, Hoary Alyssum
Berteroa incana / Hoary Alyssum
Brassicaceae / Crucifers
Helianthemum nummularium, Common Rock-Rose
Helianthemum nummularium / Common Rock-Rose
Cistaceae / Rockrose Fam.
Salsola kali subsp. ruthenica, Russian Thistle, Glasswort
Salsola kali subsp. ruthenica / Russian Thistle, Glasswort
Chenopodiaceae / Goosefoot Fam.
Teucrium botrys, Cut-Leaved Germander
Teucrium botrys / Cut-Leaved Germander
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Scabiosa canescens, Fragrant Scabious
Scabiosa canescens / Fragrant Scabious
Dipsacaceae / Teasel Fam.
Sedum acre, Biting Stonecrop
Sedum acre / Biting Stonecrop
Crassulaceae / Stonecrop Fam.
Jasione montana, Sheep's Bit
Jasione montana / Sheep's Bit
Campanulaceae / Bellflower Fam.
Also the fauna of the inland dunes is highly specialised: for example the Sand Wasp Bembix rostrata (left) which digs a subway up to 20 centimeters deep for every egg and supplies the offspring with paralysed insects, or the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle Cicindela hybrida (right) which is walking jerkily and is catching other insects.

The White Mullein Verbascum lychnitis of which the flower is only white here is the most frequent of several species of this genus:
Verbascum lychnitis, White Mullein
Verbascum lychnitis / White Mullein
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Verbascum densiflorum, Dense-flowered Mullein
Verbascum densiflorum / Dense-flowered Mullein
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Verbascum nigrum, Dark Mullein
Verbascum nigrum / Dark Mullein
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Ononis repens, Common Restharrow
Ononis repens / Common Restharrow
Fabaceae / Legumes
Thymus serpyllum, Breckland Thyme
Thymus serpyllum / Breckland Thyme
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare / Viper's Bugloss
Boraginaceae / Borrage Fam.
Reseda lutea, Wild Mignonette
Reseda lutea / Wild Mignonette
Resedaceae / Mignonette Fam.
Senecio inaequidens, Narrow-Leaved Ragwort
Senecio inaequidens / Narrow-Leaved Ragwort
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Ambrosia coronopifolia, Perennial Ragweed
Ambrosia coronopifolia / Perennial Ragweed
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
In the loose pine wood Cross-Leaved Gentian Gentiana cruciata as well as Dark-red Helleborine Epipactis atrorubens and Broad-Leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine are some of the more rare plants.

Gentiana cruciata, Cross-Leaved Gentian
Gentiana cruciata / Cross-Leaved Gentian
Gentianaceae / Gentian Fam.
Epipactis atrorubens, Dark-red Helleborine
Epipactis atrorubens, Dark-red Helleborine
Orchidaceae / Orchids
Epipactis helleborine, Broad-Leaved Helleborine
Epipactis helleborine, Broad-Leaved Helleborine
Orchidaceae / Orchids
Also some neophytes have settled in the sunny sand dunes, but in 2014 the nature protection authorities seem to have removed the Nightshades while the Goosefoot is eaten by rabbits.
Dysphania botrys, Sticky Goosefoot, Jerusalem Oak
Dysphania botrys / Sticky Goosefoot, Jerusalem Oak
Chenopodiaceae / Goosefoot Fam.
Solanum triflorum, Small Nightshade
Solanum triflorum / Small Nightshade
Solanaceae / Nightshade Fam.
Solanum physalifolium, Ground-Cherry Nightshade, Hairy Nightshade
Solanum physalifolium / Ground-Cherry Nightshade, Hairy Nightshade
Solanaceae / Nightshade Fam.
Oenothera biennis, Common Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis / Common Evening Primrose
Onagraceae / Willowherb Fam.
Oenothera canovirens, Renner's Evening Primrose
Oenothera canovirens / Renner's Evening Primrose
Onagraceae / Willowherb Fam.
Oenothera oakesiana, Sandy Evening Primrose
Oenothera oakesiana / Sandy Evening Primrose
Onagraceae / Willowherb Fam.
Naturally this list isn't complete. It will be continued on occasion.
There is also a page on spring flowering plants in the same area.
The pages on Nature Reserves near Sandhausen and the Viernheimer Heide deal with the flora of inland dunes, too.  

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