West Highland Flora

Wood Avens


Geum urbanum

 

Geum urbanum

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Portree, Skye
Flower 19 mm diameter

Common in woods and shady places

Flower diameter c 20 mm

ID: Stipules very large, almost half as large as leaf lobes.  Yellow flowers opening flat, not bell-shaped.

Other features: Fruit has hooked spines that cling to animal fur to aid dispersal.  Hybrids with Water Avens are frequently found; they have smaller stipules and flowers that may be yellowish but are more bell-like and less flat. 

 

Geum urbanum

Photo Carl Farmer
30 Sep 2001 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

Leaves showing large stipules (fruit-head in far top right corner)
 

 
Geum urbanum

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2003 Portree, Skye
Lower front stipule 3.4 mm long, upper 2.6 mm

 
Leaves near top of stem, where a flowering stem branches off.  Here the leaves are not divided to base.


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