West Highland Flora

Lesser Twayblade


Listera cordata

 

Listera cordata

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Jun 2004 Portree, Skye
Inflorescence c 17 mm high

Frequent among sphagnum, often under heather.

Plant normally 4-12 cm tall, leaves c 1-2.5 cm long

ID: Flowers reddish-green, with red lower petal divided into two narrow tapering tails which are much more (relatively) long and narrow than those of Common Twayblade, but soon fall off.

Other features: Always has just one pair of leaves, almost opposite on the stem, often found without stems as in picture below right.  Flowers late May - early June, later on higher ground.

 

Listera cordata

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Jun 2004 Portree, Skye
Lower right flower c 6 mm long from where joins stem to tip of tails

  Listera cordata

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Jun 2004 Fearns, Raasay

 


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