West Highland Flora

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Ajuga reptans

 

Ajuga reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Frequent in rough vegetation and woodland.

Flower c 13-17 mm long, c 8-10 mm wide.  Stems c 15-30 cm tall.

ID: Leaves and flower-bracts very purplish.  Stem much hairier on 2 opposite sides than on the other two sides.  Upper lip of flower very short compared to most Labiates.

Other features: Spreads very vigorously by rooting stolons forming leaf-rosettes at intervals along ground.  Basal leaves long-stalked, stem leaves virtually stalkless.

 

Ajuga reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

  Ajuga reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
7 May 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye
Flower c 9 mm across at widest point

 

Ajuga reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Flower is hooded by dark
purple bract of flower above it.
Upper lip of flower is too short
to be seen in this pic

  Ajuga reptans

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Oct 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Top leaf 3 cm across at widest

Overwintering leaves, showing their
bronzy-purple colour


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