15 September 2008

Grass of Parnassus

Yesterday I went up Ben Lomond.

This is a view taken from about half way up, looking south down Loch Lomond.

Lower on the hill I found quite a lot of Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris). This is quite a common flower in Scotland, and is one of the most beautiful. It flowers quite late in the year when many flowers are already over.

It has five fertile stamens which open in turn, and five sterile stamens which each branch into a semicircle of tiny glands.

It was a misty day, and this is another view taken just after I had left the summit.

There is a virtual walk up Ben Lomond on our website

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