West Highland Flora

Common Bog-cotton


Eriophorum angustifolium

 

Eriophorum angustifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jun 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common in boggy ground, areas of growth visible from a great distance as whitish patches.

Leaves c 3-6 mm wide, cottony heads up to 4 cm.  Glumes c 6-8 mm

ID: Three kinds of bog-cotton grow in the area.  This is the commonest.  It has multiple flowerheads on one stem and its leaves are channelled rather than flat (look about a third of the way along the leaf).

Other features: (all to distinguish from Broad-leaved B-C, which also has multiple heads) Stems roundish rather than triangular, sheath of uppermost leaf loose, flowerheads on smooth hairless stalks, glumes c 6-8 mm rather than c 4-5 mm, glumes brown with broad papery margins.

 

Eriophorum angustifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2006 Suardal, Skye
Base of dark area to tip of bract c 4 cm

  Eriophorum angustifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
Sleat, late 1980's

Picture shows plant as pioneer colonist of
peat hagg basin, which at the time of the
photo had become sun-baked and cracked
after a long dry spell.

 

Left: young shoot



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