West Highland Flora

Bell Heather


Erica cinerea

 

Erica cinerea

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common on drier parts of moors

Flowers c 5-7 mm long

ID: Leaves in whorls of three.

Other features: Leaves dark green, not grey above like Cross-leaved Heath, and much longer (to 7 mm) and less closely packed than Common Heather, but like those two has leaf margins strongly downturned.

 

Erica cinerea

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2004 Portree, Skye
Picture c 14.8 cm high

The pale buds in the lower part of this picture belong to Common Heather

 

Erica cinerea

Photo Carl Farmer
12 May 2004 Kyleakin, Skye
Visible part of top flower c 6 mm long

  Erica cinerea

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Dec 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Front flower on right c 6 mm long

Odd flowers occur very early (left) and late (above),
but main flowering is Jun-Sep.  Pic above also shows
brown withered flowers which persist all winter


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