West Highland Flora

Gipsywort


Lycopus europaeus

 

Lycopus europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
Top leaves spreading out to left and right 6 cm each

Quite frequent in the tall herb layer on the shore above the tide-line, and occasionally inland in the south of the area.

Stems c 30-80 cm.  Flowers c 3 mm across (no flower pics yet)

ID: General look and feel of the leaves is typical of the Labiate family, rather nettle-like, but they are unique in having deep toothing, shallowest at tip and deepest at the base where it often reaches the midrib.  Even plants without flowers should be recognisable from these pictures alone.

Other features: Flowers small, in whorls at base of upper leaves, much more regular than most Labiates, similar to Mint flowers, but white, with some purple spots on the lowest of the 4 petals.

 

Lycopus europaeus

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
Height of plant 45 cm

 

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