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Observed: 29th July 2011 By: colinpierpointcolinpierpoint’s reputation in Plantscolinpierpoint’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

pink flowers amid rock at 300 feet

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Thrift (Armeria maritima) interacts

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

Maybe

As for odd location,this may be a garden escape as this plant is widely used in rock garden's I have planted it quite a bit in the past as maybe an escape ie seed's carried by bird's.

Fenwickfield

Syrphus's picture

There is nothing unusual

There is nothing unusual about Thrift on mountain-tops. Like many adapted xerophytes, it has a distribution on the coast (salt stress, high winds) and mountains (high winds, thin soils) where conditions tend to decrease water intake or increase transpiration, and not much in between. See also Roseroot, Scurvy Grass, Sea Plantain as other examples. Some of these have also colonised major roadsides where winter salt provides the water stress.

As to the location, I suspect that should be 3000', not 300', where a garden escape would be unlikely!

M.

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colinpierpoint's picture

altitude

yes 3000 feet. The 300 was a typing error. Sorry, should read my stuff before clicking on SAVE

hilaryp's picture

Thrift inland

Thrift is not uncommon in our British mountains. It is always a welcome sight.

hilaryp

vetandteacher's picture

It also works the other way round

I was recently at a place in Shetland, pretty much at sea level and right on the coast. The particular set of conditions there meant that there were several arctic alpine plants.

Richard

colinpierpoint's picture

Thrift

thanks to you all for ID and comments. I have seen it several times since on mountains and now immediately recognise it (with your help) Colin