20 June 2010

Wild flower hunting

Today I went on a search for a few rare flowers growing in marshes near the foot of Ben Ledi.

One of these was Tufted Loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora), which grows in very wet marshes, mostly in central Scotland.

Some conifers had been planted in the area, and some of these had very attractive cones.

In the nearby woods I discovered this moth, which I have yet to identify.

We followed a path through the woods to another very marshy area.

Here we found the rare Marsh Stitchwort (Stellaria palustris)

There were also a number of orchids including this early Marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata)

Botanists at work below Ben Ledi

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