West Highland Flora

Grass of Parnassus


Parnassia palustris

 

Parnassia palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Fairly frequent in wet grassland

Flower diameter c 2-3.5 cm

ID: Flower structure unlike any other.  If flower is like these pics, you have it.

Other features: 5 sterile stamens have bristles tipped with yellow glands forming five rings of dots as in picture on left.  5 fertile stamens have cream-coloured anthers, also visible in picture.  Basal leaves look like those of violets and there is just one stem leaf, similar but stalkless.

 

Parnassia palustris

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye


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