West Highland Flora

Purple Loosestrife


Lythrum salicaria

 

Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

Quite frequent in Argyll, becoming very rare in the north.  In lowland marshy ground.

Flower diameter c 10-15 mm

ID: Unmistakable in flower.  Also recognisable by the rather bluish-green leaves being in whorls of three on the main stem.

Other features: Calyx tubular, petals usually 5-7 per flower, stamens c 12.

 

Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

Lythrum salicaria

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Aug 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Calyx after flower has fallen


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