Liliaceous plants in the Nizhnekhopersky Nature Park, Russia
The flora of the steppes of southern Russia is under increasing threat from man. However there are areas of the lower reaches of the Khoper River at the north-west of the Volgograd region that remain virgin steppe with characteristic landscapes and an interesting range of rare and threatened species. Many are decorative plants that deserve to be better known and introduced into cultivation. Vjacheslav Byalt and Gennady Firsov describe this fascinating region and describe some of its native flora.