Lunch was just a little way down the valley to the northwest. A large cave with quite a capacity entered by crossing a rustic little bridge of branches over the fast flowing stream. Inside the cave growing in the roof were a few plants of Asplenium ruta-muraria, wall rue, common also throughout the British Isles.
Travelling on the valley became more of a gorge and we stopped for a brief photo. The near vertical cliffs were dotted with chasmophytes, but we could only wonder as to what was up there.
Heading on towards Mount Ararat which was still obscured by the haze we stopped just north of Tigranashen, the habitat seemed particularly dry and steppe-like. We were given 15 minutes but I could have happily spent half a day here as it was so rich. Onobrychis sp. the same as we saw by Lake Sevan with Iris paradoxa was particularly beautifully veined. Salvia hydrangea in a rich deep pink. A Paronychia sp. almost camouflaged against the stones and soil with its silvery bracts. Anna listed many others that I neither saw or photographed. I was particularly sad that she said Euphorbia marcshalliana would be seen here but I failed to see it, only then to be told by Melvyn Jope that he found it higher up.
We drove off again and Anna made a phone call. After asking if it was OK to stop again it turned out that she had checked where else the plant could be found. A little further on we stopped, a few of us rushed up the slope onto the brow of a ridge where indeed we did find it, well past flowering but a stunning grey-leaved euphorbia closely related to E. myrsinites. This was a very quick stop but I grabbed a shot of an Acantholimon sp. only just noticeable in flower looking quite grey and almost insignificant.