West Highland Flora

Water Lobelia


Lobelia dortmanna

 

Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2004 Flodigarry, Skye
Flower c 12 mm across at widest

Common in lochs

Flower c 15-20 mm long

ID: Unmistakable in flower or fruit.  Upright stems emerging from water with nodding stalked flowers or fruit capsules along their length but no leaves (except a few small scales).  Underwater basal leaf-rosettes id'd by leaves being flattened with blunt rounded tips.  Other plants with underwater rosettes are Pipewort, Quillwort sp, Bulbous Rush and Awlwort, all of which have pointed tips, and Shoreweed which has (more or less) cylindrical leaves.

Other features: Flowers pale mauve or white with 3 downward-pointing petal-lobes and 2 upward-pointing.

 

Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan, Skye

  Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan, Skye

 

Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2004 Flodigarry, Skye

  Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Sep 2001 Penifiler, Skye

Floating rosette which had come loose
 from the loch bed, a common sight

 

 

Lobelia dortmanna

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Penifiler, Skye


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