West Highland Flora


Montia fontana


Montia fontana

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common in wet places such as muddy pools and ditches, and in flushes in hills.

Flower diameter c 2.5 mm

ID: Notably diminutive leaves and flowers.  Flowers have 2 sepals and 5 unequal petals.

Other features: Leaves spoon-shaped, in opposite pairs.  A very variable plant but easy to recognize.  When not in flower beware Callitriche species which have equally small leaves and grow in water, but their stems are much thinner in proportion to their leaves and do not look as robust as in the picture opposite.

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