West Highland Flora

Common Butterwort


Pinguicula Vulgaris

 

Pinguicula Vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye
Plant 7 cm high

Common on wet rocks and boggy ground at all altitudes.

Flowers c 1-1.5 cm across.  Leaves 2-8 cm long.

ID: Told from Pale Butterwort by: flowers > 7 mm across, medium to dark purple, not pale; leaves > 2 cm long, yellowish-green not purplish-green.  No other confusion species.

Other features: Much commoner and larger than Pale Butterwort, which is generally hard to spot among heathy vegetation.  Leaf-rosettes of Common Butterwort are conspicuous even when not in flower.  Leaves and stems covered with sticky glands which trap insects which the plant feeds on.

 

Pinguicula Vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye
Flower 13 mm across at widest point

  Pinguicula Vulgaris

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Young shoot with bud


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