West Highland Flora

Bogbean


Menyanthes trifoliata

 

Menyanthes trifoliata

Photo Carl Farmer
27 May 2004 Lealt, Skye
Lowest flower c 19 mm across

Common in bog pools and loch edges

Height above water c 10-30 cm in flower.  Flower diameter c 15-20 mm.

ID: 5 petals, white, with pinkish undersides, fringed with long white hairs.

Other features: Leaves with three waxy-smooth, upright concave leaflets make this plant unmistakable in its habitat even when not flowering.  The leaves arise along a floating rhizome which they sheathe with their bases.  As with the Primrose, some flowers have long styles and some short, to assist cross-pollination.

 

Menyanthes trifoliata

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye
Flower c 20 mm across

  Menyanthes trifoliata

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2005 Isle of Soay, nr Skye

 

Menyanthes trifoliata

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Sep 2001 Sligachan, Skye

 

Menyanthes trifoliata

Photo Carl Farmer
27 May 2004 Lealt, Skye

Floating rhizomes


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