West Highland Flora

Wild Thyme


Thymus polytrichus

Older names: T drucei, T praecox

Thymus polytrichus

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye

Common in dry stony places from sea level to high in hills.

Flower diameter c 6-9 mm.  Leaves c 4-8 mm.

ID: Nothing similar in the area.  Low-growing cushion-like plant with purple flowers.  Flower-stems very hairy on two sides and much less hairy, if at all, on other two sides.

Other features:  Like many of our small upland plants is actually a woody shrub.  Roots at nodes of creeping branches.  Flower 2-lipped as with most labiates.  Upper lip flat, not hooded; lower lip with 3 well-developed lobes.

 

Thymus polytrichus

Photo Carl Farmer
30 May 2004 Glenvarragill, Skye
LH flower out of central group c 7 mm across at widest


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