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Field Gentian

Observed: 21st July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plants
Field Gentian
Field Gentian
Field Gentian
Description:

Found a number of these plants growing on a disused single track road. The most likely identification we can make is Field Gentian - help?

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Species with which Field Gentian (Gentianella campestris) interacts

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miked's picture

most likely field gentian,

most likely field gentian, other alternative is autumn gentian but not sure they grow in that area and anyway tend to be a bit later in the year. they also look a bit different.

lpearce's picture

Mike We do get Autumn Gentian

Mike
We do get Autumn Gentian in Assynt, but these are Field Gentian.
A local expert Ian Evans , http://www.highlandnaturalists.com/biography/ian-pat-evans, called round and made a definite identification.
Les

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the naturalist man's picture

Field gentian

Also called bitter-root. The name gentian comes from an ancient Greek King called Gentius. He is, according to Pliny (of Vesuvius and Pompeii fame) the person who discovered the roots are an antidote to all sorts of poisons. How he discovered this Pliny does not say, I bet he did not test it on himself!

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