West Highland Flora

Hedge Woundwort


Stachys sylvatica

 

Stachys sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye

Frequent in woods and shady places at low altitudes on good soils.

Flower c 12-16 mm long.  Leaf-blades c 4-9 cm long.

ID: Flower claret-coloured with whitish markings, upper lip hood-shaped and lower lip divided into 3 obvious lobes, the middle one much the largest.  Middle lobe not notched.  Calyx with 5 near-equal teeth.  Leaves from midway up stem have blades less than twice as long as wide, the leaf stalk more than a third as long as the blade.

Other features: Flowers in whorls of about 6 at the base of leaf-like bracts, or the lowest one or two whorls at the base of leaves proper.  No gradual change from leaves to bracts as you go up stem, but a clear discontinuity.  Fruit has 4 nutlets as in all Labiatae (see bottom right pic)

 

Stachys sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Topmost LH leaf on flowering stem 8 cm long including stalk

  Stachys sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Oct 2003 Portree, Skye

 

Stachys sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Fully open fls c15 mm from stem-junction
to tip of flower

  Stachys sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye


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