Mountain Vegetation (18 images)
On mountains, depending on the altitude, one encounters different plants. This is because the climatic conditions are different at different altitudes, impacting plants growing there. At higher altitudes, plants have to face up with cold, wind, unstable soil and too much or too little water. Lower down, trees are broad-leaved but as we go higher, we find coniferous trees. Climbing higher, we encounter the last of trees that are stunted and wind bent. Beyond the tree line, we can find very small plants and grass. Even higher, we enter the realm of permanent snow and no plant life is possible there.

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Photographs: Rajaram Sharma, Tarun Vijay and photographs courtesy ICIMOD