West Highland Flora

Herb Paris


Paris quadrifolia

 

Paris quadrifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Sepals c 3 cm long

Rare in rock crevices and shady ravines, usually on limestone.

Sepals c 2.5-3.5 cm long

ID: Unmistakable, see pic opposite. 

Other features: Leaves in a whorl of 4 near the top of the stem, no other leaves on stem.  Flower consists of 4 narrow sepals, 4 even narrower green petals and 8 long narrow stamens.  All these numbers can vary.  A black berry develops in the centre.

 

Paris quadrifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Sepals c 2.8 cm long

 

Paris quadrifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Suardal, Skye
Left-hand leaf 6.3 cm long

 

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