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Viper's-bugloss (Echium vulgare)


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This is a bristly upright plant that can grow up to 80cm tall. It is dotted with red-based bristles. The leaves are strap shaped and form a rosette at the bottom. The stem leaves are shorter and more rounded at the base. The flowers are pink in bud looking like a cluster of small grapes. They are purple blue when formed, funnel-shaped with uneven lobes. They have 5 stamens, four of which are long and protruding. The fruit is a rough nutlet. It grows on dry chalky grassland in the East of Enlgand. Picture taken at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk August 11th 2006.

11th Apr 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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