West Highland Flora

Prickly Heath


Gaultheria mucronata

Former name: Pernettya mucronata

Pernettya mucronata

Photo Carl Farmer
4 Jul 2004 Torrin, Skye
Width of picture c 14.5 cm

Occasional on dry moorland or rocky slopes.  Originally a garden escape, it occurs far from any gardens and is spread by birds eating the berries.

A bush up to c 2 m tall.  Flower diameter c 4-6 mm

ID: Unmistakable in flower (note flowers can sometimes be pink-tinged).  Leaves dark green, glossy, with sharp spine at tip and very distant teeth along the edge.

Other features: Spreads vegetatively by suckers.  Berry colour varies from purple to white.

 

Pernettya mucronata

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 West Suisnish, Raasay
Top flower c 5 mm across at widest

  Pernettya mucronata

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 West Suisnish, Raasay

 

Pernettya mucronata

Photo Carl Farmer
4 Jul 2004 Torrin, Skye
Picture c 2.5 cm wide


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