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Cowslip (Primula veris)


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This red variety was growing in the wild in a field. The cowslip is found in meadows and chalky grasslands. Its leaves are in a rosette. They are wrinkled and hairy on both sides. In April and May bright yellow drooping flowers are produced that are smaller and less open than those of the primrose. As with the primrose there are two kinds of flower produced by the plant. One has a stigma showing in the flower centre with the anthers further down, the other with a ring of anthers showing and the stigma further down. Bees and moths transfer the pollen between the two types of flower. Cowslips were used to make wine and legend says the plant arose when St Peter dropped the keys of heaven on earth. Picture taken 6th May 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire.

7th May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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