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Unknown plant species

Observed: 24th June 2013 By: JaesunJJaesunJ’s reputation in Plants
Unknown Plant

The green herb in the middle. Any ideas? it has me stumped! On a semi-improved limestone site in North West Lancashire.

Species interactions

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Species with which Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata) interacts


Chalkie's picture

Any other photos?

Not very easy to count teeth on the leaves - I could be quite easily persuaded it was Red Bartsia. (I also thought of Skullcap, but that prefers dampness.)

landgirl's picture


I went for Red Bartsia because it's not in flower yet, while Yellow Rattle is - at least in my part of the country.

Chalkie's picture


Good point. Yellow rattle is flowering here too, but not red bartsia.

I've also just noticed that the book says YR is more or less hairless and RB is downy. I think I can see hairs on the plant in the photo, so maybe it is red bartsia after all, despite the leaf teeth. I had an idea that YR leaves tended to be a bit shinier and glossier (which would fit with being hairless). I'm going to have to study them carefully when I see them in flower! And count teeth!

Chalkie's picture

Ah well.

Why did I dismiss Skullcap? Doh. Poland - Skullcap - shortly hairy lvs, 6-10(23) teeth per side. Though it also says 'lvs without 2ndary veins ending in a sinus' which didn't seem to fit to me. But maybe I've misinterpreted that. Anyway, I took some close up photos of Yellow Rattle leaves today to compare them.

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mind you, cant think of

mind you, cant think of anywhere on Occupation Road that would have skullcap, so maybe Odontites is right after all.

Tim Rich