West Highland Flora

Lesser Meadow-rue


Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

 

Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

Occasional on dunes, shingle, coastal rocks or calcareous grassland.

Flower diameter c 10 mm, petals c 6 mm long.

ID: Easily identified from leaves alone, which are far larger and more divided than those of Alpine Meadow-rue, having 5-7 primary divisions, not 3, and these themselves divided into more or less trefoil sections which are again divided to the base.

Other features: Flowers have 4 petal-like sepals which are dull yellow or greenish, often with a purple tinge.  Flower-spike is richly branched, unlike Alpine M-rue which has stalked flowers each arising singly from main axis of spike.

 

Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

 

Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

 

Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye
Leaf 9 cm long from where stalk first branches

  Thalictrum minus ssp arenarium

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

Above: Leaf      Right: Buds  


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