West Highland Flora

Moonwort


Botrychium lunaria

 

Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Plant 3.8 cm high

Occasional in stony ground on hills and in short grass on dry ground at lower altitudes.

Green sterile leaf-blade c 2-5 cm.  Brown fertile spike c 1-5 cm

ID: Unmistakable.  Each frond consistsof a sterile green blade which is pinnately divided into c 3-8 pairs of roundish leaflets, and a fertile spike with reduced pinnae that when ripe are completely covered with brown spore cases.

Other features: Above ground parts die away completely in winter.  Mountain forms can be extremely small, those on road verges are much larger.

 

Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye

  Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye

 

Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Aug 2003 Storr, Skye
Frond 7mm across at widest

1.2 cm from base of 1st branch to tip of spike    

 

Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Sligachan, Skye
Height of visible part c 6.3 cm

  Botrychium lunaria

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Sligachan, Skye
Height of visible part c 2.7 cm


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