West Highland Flora

Dog's Mercury


Mercurialis perennis

 

Mercurialis perennis

Photo Carl Farmer
(11 May 2002 Inverness)

Male plant

Common in Argyll but rare further north.  In woodland or shady places.

Flower diameter c 4-5 mm.  Plant 15-40 cm tall.

ID: Flowers tiny, greenish, on long thin upward stalks arising from axils of upper leaves.  Stems unbranched.

Other features: Separate male and female plants.  Female plants have hairy fruit 6-8 mm across.  Flowers of both kinds have 3 sepals.  Male have 8-15 stamens, female have 2 styles.

 

  Mercurialis perennis

Photo Carl Farmer
(11 May 2002 Inverness)
 

 
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