West Highland Flora

Oyster Plant


Mertensia maritima

 

Mertensia maritima

Photo Alastair Ross
(27 Jun 2004 Forvie, Aberdeenshire)

Rare, on shingle beaches.

Flower diameter c 5-7 mm. Stems c 30-60 cm long.

ID: Flowers tubular with 5 petal-lobes, pink at first, then blue.  Leaves pale blue-green, hairless, with dotted surface.

Other features: Plant covered in a kind of "bloom" like a grape.  Stems purplish, lying along the ground.  Leaves somewhat fleshy, as with many seaside plants.  Flower-stalks elongate in fruit.

 

Mertensia maritima

Photo Alastair Ross
(27 Jun 2004 Forvie, Aberdeenshire)


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