West Highland Flora

Bird Cherry


Prunus padus

 

Prunus padus

Photo Carl Farmer
20 May 2004 Portree, Skye

Locally frequent in woods and scrub.

Flower diameter c 10-12 mm.  Fruit c 6-8 mm.

ID: Differs from other wild and garden cherries in having flowers in long cylindrical spikes.

Other features: Flower-spikes held at various angles, often drooping.  Leaves have 2 glands where stalk joins blade, and often have a tuft of hairs where each vein meets the midrib, but are otherwise hairless.  Fruit a black berry, enjoyed by birds who help disperse the seeds.

 

Prunus padus

Photo Carl Farmer
24 May 2003 Portree, Skye

  Prunus padus

Photo Carl Farmer
24 May 2003 Portree, Skye

 

 

Prunus padus

Photo Carl Farmer
22 May 2005 Portree, Skye


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