West Highland Flora

Mountain Everlasting


Antennaria dioica

 

Antennaria dioica

Photo Patrick Butler
1999 Skye


Female plant

Frequent on dry heathery or stony ground.

Plant no more than 20 cm tall.  Flowerheads c 5-12 mm diameter

ID: Leaves green above (not pale glaucous as in cudweeds), white-woolly beneath, a very striking and obvious contrast.  Leaves in basal rosette, with smaller ones up stem, these latter very upright, almost vertical.  Flowerheads pinkish, surrounded by white or pink bracts.  2-8 flowerheads in a terminal cluster at approximately the same level, not mixed with leaves.

Other features: Has creeping runners from base with similar leaves to those of basal rosette.  Male and female plants separate, with very different flowerheads.

 

Antennaria dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2004 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
Inflorescence c 14 mm across

Female plant

  Antennaria dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2004 Glenhinnisdale, Skye

Inflorescence c 14 mm across

 Male plant

 

Antennaria dioica

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Penifiler, Skye
Main inflorescence c 2.2 cm across at widest


Female plant

 

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