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Wild Thyme

Observed: 21st July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plants
Wild Mountain Thyme
Wild Thyme
Description:

Thyme is in full flower at present, it's one of my favourite wild flowers of the Highlands

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large Thyme (Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Wild thyme

Lovely plant, can be enjoyed with all your senses.

Watch out for mountain ringlets they feed on thyme and are found in your area I think, or is it found a little further south?

Graham Banwell

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miked's picture

Has there somethieng gone

Has there somethieng gone wrong with the scientific vs common name on this one. I thought Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus was Wild Thyme not Large Thyme at least that is what my version of Stace says.

the naturalist man's picture

Thyme to correct the name

Mike you are right (according to Rose).

Thymus serpyllum is, as Martin says, Breckland thyme

Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus is wild thyme

Thymus pulegioides is large thyme.

As for which it is, my vote still goes with wild thyme based on it being on the west coast of Scotland (Rose has it only locally common in Scotland) and it growing in rocky land. I associate large thyme with Wolds grasslands within the sward.

The question is, Les, do you know if large thyme is found around Assynt? Also have a look at the stem if you can; if it is hairy primarily at the corners of the square stem then it is likely to be large thyme, if it is very hairy on two opposite sides and hairless on the other two sides then it is likely to be wild thyme.

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lpearce's picture

According to the 'Flora of

According to the 'Flora of Assynt' Large Thyme was recorded in 1907 on the Quinag Mountain, but has not been recorded since, even during the extensive survey carried out in the 1980-90's for the 'Flora of Assynt'
So i think we can say it is not in Assynt

Les Pearce
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