West Highland Flora

Pipewort


Eriocaulon septangulare

 

Eriocaulon septangulare

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan

Rare but locally plentiful; in lochs.

Flowerhead diameter c 1 cm

ID: Round scaly grey flowerhead on single stem protruding from water.  In absence of flower-stem, rosette leaves are flat or flattenable (not round or ellptical in cross-section), translucent, tapering to a long narrow point, and with lines across the leaf joining the veins visible at base.

Other features: Flower-stems are usually 7-angled (sometimes 6 or 8) hence Latin name.  Flowers minute, with 2 grey sepals and 2 paler grey petals, many to each head, each with a small black bract.

 

Eriocaulon septangulare

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan

  Eriocaulon septangulare

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan

 

Eriocaulon septangulare

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Sep 2001 Sligachan
 

  Eriocaulon septangulare

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2003 Sligachan
Furthest left leaf 20 mm long

Underwater rosettes which are generally numerous both with and without flowering stems


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