West Highland Flora

Lousewort


Pedicularis sylvatica

 

Pedicularis sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common on moorland.

Height c 8-15 cm.  Flower c 2-2.5 cm long

ID: Upper (hooded) petal has 2 small teeth near top, no others lower down.  5-angled calyx has 4 leafy lobes, not 2.

Other features: Plant is shorter than Marsh Lousewort and less upright in growth.  Plants with a hairy calyx are ssp hibernica; those with a hairless one are ssp sylvatica.  The former only seems to occur in the far west, while the latter is found throughout the area.  The predominant form in parts of Rannoch Moor and Glencoe has white flowers.

 

Pedicularis sylvatica

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Pedicularis sylvatica ssp hibernica

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

     
Pinnately divided leaves and purple stems  

Calyx (post-flowering) showing 4 purple leafy lobes at tip.  The green leafy bracts can also be seen.

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