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Possible limestone woundwort

Observed: 6th July 2013 By: igrangeigrange’s reputation in Plantsigrange’s reputation in Plantsigrange’s reputation in Plants
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Species with which Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) interacts

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ben rigsby's picture

hi igrange, ive seen S alpina

hi igrange,

ive seen S alpina a couple of times. ID notes (at least for the specimens i observed):
the blooms are more red-purple, the leaves are longer, flatter and more tapering.
whole plant is a little bigger and more robust

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Thanks Ben - the thing that

Thanks Ben - the thing that got me thinking about this one was the lighter, hairy leaves and shape of these too to a certain extent. There appears to be other 'regular' hedge woundwort growing in the vicinity, but the one in the photo here appears different. Perhaps variants of the same plant are possible within a relatively small area?

igrange

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Assuming that this is Stachys sylvatica

... that's the 4th stage of plant identification

1) they all look the same.
2) they don't all look the same, but one can't divide the variation into species (I'm at that stage with Festuca/Schedonorus).
3) one can recognize the common species.
4) one can see more details of the variation, and mistakes variants of common species for rare species.
5) one is an expert.

Lots of plants are variable within individual populations, never mind within a short area. That's one reason why Dactylorhiza orchids are difficult - single populations can vary in the colour, markings, number and shape of flowers, and in the spotting of leaves.

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I think that you will be

I think that you will be correct here and interesting comment about the plant variability. On further reading one document (the Species Action Plan for Limestone Woundwort), it did say it has a distinctive yellow 'eye' in the flower. The one here does not.
Thanks again

igrange