West Highland Flora

Hedge x Marsh Woundwort


Stachys x ambigua

 

Stachys x ambigua

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Leaf to left of stem about 1/4 way up pic:
stalk 18 mm, blade 115 mm

Occasional in localities where both parents occur, though they need not be immediately adjacent.

Flowers c 12-18 mm long

ID: A usually sterile hybrid between Hedge Woundwort and Marsh Woundwort.  Intermediate between the two.  Leaves from the upper middle of the stem have stalks between 1/10 and 1/5 of total leaf length, in Marsh W they are unstalked and in Hedge W they are over 1/4 of the total.  All leaves have blades much more than twice as long as wide.

Other features: Specimens that I have seen have flower colour and leaf toothing like Marsh W, leaf colour and feel like Hedge W (leaf colour palish green, Marsh is dark with a hint of reddish on the upper leaves and bracts; feel of leaf between fingers is soft and obviously hairy, on Marsh feels soft but no sense of brushing past actual hairs).

 

Stachys x ambigua

Photo Carl Farmer
26 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Front left flower 18 mm long from base of calyx to tip of lip

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