West Highland Flora

Cuckoo Flower


Cardamine pratensis

 

Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye
Lower flower 14 mm across

Common in damp ground, ditches, fields, beside burns and lochs, and in moorland flushes at all altitudes, flowering in spring and early summer.

Flower diameter c 12-21 mm

ID: Lower leaves have roundish stalked leaflets, the end one much the largest.  Upper leaves have linear leaflets.  Petals roundish, overlapping.

Other features: Flowers can be mauve or white.  Anthers are yellow.  6 stamens.  Sometimes new detachable plants arise from buds in axils of lower leaves.

 

Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye
Leaf 19 mm incl stalk

  Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye

 

Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
27 May 2004 Lealt, Skye
Top flower c 18 mm across at widest

  Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
7 May 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye
LH flower c 19 mm across at widest

 

Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
28 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye
Cluster of buds c 12 mm across

 

Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Lowest RH pod c 25 mm

 


Cardamine pratensis

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Jul 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Pod c 25 mm long


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