The alpine pasture
At about 2000 metres, beyond the woodland’s upper limit, green meadows cover the mountain slopes and host a great variety of alpine species.
The Gramineae and Cyperaceae predominate and constitute an important food source for flocks and wild herbivores. Widespread is the Nardus stricta, a plant with coriaceous leaves which is selectively avoided by grazers, therefore expands more than other species and tends to dominate.
During the summer, the alpine pasture becomes extremely colourful due to the presence of many intensely scented flowering species.