Roger Whitehead

Roger Whitehead

Posted on 08/01/2014


Photo taken on June  9, 2012


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Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Ivy-leaved Toadflax
Cymbalaria muralis. The flowers in this colony were a deeper blue than usual.

Barcaldine By Connel, Oban, Argyll.

Pat H, Rhisiart Hincks have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Jorlam
Jorlam
a fabulous macro shot - love the delicacy of the colours and the composition..
3 years ago.
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
delicate - a real gem
3 years ago.
Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
beautiful
3 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Toadflax.........such an ugly name for a really beautiful little flower! Well taken Roger :)
3 years ago.
Roger Whitehead has replied to Keith Burton
That's because most Toadflaxes have the generic name of Linaria, i.e. having leaves like Linum or Flax. The "toad" bit means they're not a real flax but a coarse or poor imitation. ("Dog" is applied the same way, as in Dog's Mercury, an inferior -- and poisonous -- relative of Annual Mercury.)

The logic has carried over into the name of this plant, which of course has different leaves. Cymbalaria means having leaves like cymbals.

Roger
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Roger Whitehead
Roger Whitehead
Thanks, all.
3 years ago.
Keith Burton has replied to Roger Whitehead
Thanks for taking the trouble to reply Roger......interesting stuff :)
3 years ago.
Roger Whitehead
Roger Whitehead
You're welcome.
3 years ago.