West Highland Flora

Common Hemp-nettle


Galeopsis tetrahit

Taxonomic note: This species is sometimes taken to include G bifida, but here they are treated as separate.

Galeopsis tetrahit

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye

Frequent in cultivated or recently disturbed ground, also occasionally on stony ground by shore.

Flower c 15-20 mm long

ID: Stem with conspicuous dense spreading hairs.  Stem swollen at the leaf-junctions.  Flower purple, mauve or white, but not yellow (except in centre).  Lowest lobe of flower not or scarcely notched and the dark lines on it not reaching the margin.  Compare G bifida.

Other features: Flower-tube not or scarcely exceeding calyx.  Galeopsis species (in our area) are very rough to the touch whereas Dead-nettles (Lamium species) are very soft.

 

  Galeopsis tetrahit

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002 Torvaig, Skye

 

 

Galeopsis tetrahit

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye

 

Galeopsis tetrahit

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye


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