Sunday 4 July 2010

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) and Devils Bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)

These were on a dry sandy verge near Wester Ellister.
The Rattle is semi-parasitic - drawing some of its nutrients from the root systems of neighboring plants.
The Scabious is the foodplant for Marsh fritillary butterflies. Both plants were rather thin scraggy specimens - I remember seeing them rather more luxuriant than this...

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