West Highland Flora

Alpine Meadow-rue


Thalictrum alpinum

 

Thalictrum alpinum

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Quite frequent on hills and mountains, among scree or damp grass.

Leaves c 2-5 cm long.  Petals c 2.5-3.5 mm long.

ID: Leaves divided into 3 main sections, these in turn divided each into 3 sections, which may have further divisions but these not or only just to base.  Lesser Meadow-rue has leaves with 5 or 7 main sections.

Other features: Flowers, with purple petals and yellow protruding stamens, arising on stalks from an unbranched spike.  Lesser M-rue has more yellowish or greenish petals and branched spike.

 

Thalictrum alpinum

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2004 Trotternish Ridge, Skye

  Thalictrum alpinum

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2004 Trotternish Ridge, Skye
c 11 mm tip to tip across two main flowers

These shots show how the flowers arise
singly directly off the unbranched stem.
These flowers have gone over and are
beginning to form fruit


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