West Highland Flora

Wych Elm


Ulmus glabra

 

Ulmus glabra

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jun 2003 Portree, Skye

Fairly frequent in woods and scrubby areas.

A tree up to c 40 m high.  Leaves c 8-18 cm.  Fruit c 15-20 mm long.

ID: Leaf blade bulges more on one side than the other at base.

Other features: The area's only native Elm.  Upper leaf surface rough, leaf-stalk < 3 mm.  Flowers out before the leaves, unstalked with a tuft of red stamens.  Fruit a pale flat round disk with the seed in the centre.

 

Ulmus glabra fruit

Photo Carl Farmer
28 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye

Furthest left fruit c 17 mm long

  Ulmus glabra young leaves

Photo Carl Farmer
28 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye

Main leaf 2.4 cm across at widest

 

Ulmus glabra

Photo Carl Farmer
21 May 2006 Ord, Skye
 

  Ulmus glabra

Photo Carl Farmer
21 May 2006 Ord, Skye
Top LH face-on fruit c 16 mm wide

The tree on the left is green due to the fruits; it had no leaves out yet, though others nearby did.  The one in the third photo on this page shows leaves well out more than three weeks earlier, in a different year.
 

Ulmus glabra

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye

  Ulmus glabra

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye


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