West Highland Flora

Scottish Asphodel


Tofieldia pusilla

 

Tofieldia pusilla

Photo Craig Robson
16 July 2004 Ben Lawers region

Occasional in wet ground at high altitude, descending to as low as 150 m in the far north.

Stems to c 20 cm.  Flowers c 3-5 mm diameter

ID: Leaves flattened, all in the same plane, in a basal tuft, like those of the very common Bog Asphodel.  Flowers as shown.

Other features: Petals rounded instead of pointed as in Bog Asphodel, and coloured greenish- or yellowish-white.  Each flower has a 3-lobed bract at the base of its stalk.  Stem leaves very few or nil, much smaller than basal leaves.

 

Tofieldia pusilla

Photo Craig Robson
16 July 2004 Ben Lawers region


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