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Primroses, Barrack Shute, Niton, Isle of Wight

Observed: 15th March 2013 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Flowers and foliage
Thrum eyed flowers
Pin eyed flowers
Primrose bank
Description:

If you look closely at these images you can clearly see pin eyed flowers when the stigma is clearly visible at the top and thrum eyed flowers when the stamens are visible, a device called heterostyly to ensure cross pollination.
A nice display on a bank in Niton.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Primrose (Primula vulgaris) interacts

Comments

markwilson's picture

Hen's teeth

The primrose has a worderful array of mechanisms to promote cross pollination different positions of anther/stigma, different pollen size, incopatability mechanisms but how often do you see a pollinator.

Here is a chance for i-spotters to record this - there do seem more pollinators in garden populations

See "Primulas of the British Isles" John Richards

Mark Wilson