West Highland Flora

Heather


Calluna vulgaris

 

Calluna vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
2 Nov 2004 Glenvarragill, Skye
Picture c 3.7 cm wide

Abundant; dominant plant over large areas of moorland.

Flower c 3-5 mm long.  Leaves c 1-2 mm long.

ID: Calyx and the smaller corolla within it both pink-purple.

Other features:  Flower has 4 narrow purple calyx-like lobes at the base of the true calyx.  Leaves tightly inrolled below, in 4 closely-packed rows up the side-shoots, well separated on the main stems.

 

Calluna vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2004 Portree, Skye
Flowers c 5 mm long

 

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Sconser, Skye
 

To find white heather is a sure sign of good luck!


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