OYSTERPLANT

Mertensia maritima

Borage Family [Boraginaceae]  

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rarity
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End of July, 2009, Orkney, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes


2nd Aug 2005, Orkney, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes


2nd Aug 2005, Orkney, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes


2nd Aug 2005, Orkney, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes


Distinguishing Feature : Prostrate upon the ground, with greyish-green leaves looking more like a succulent (Sedum) than a member of the Borage Family. Flowers typical of many members of the Borage family: pinky-purple turning to blue. Flowers tubular with 5 end-lobes, or petals.

Grows on shingle near the sea. Decreasing in extent, now confined mostly to Scotland. The leaves taste of oysters, hence the common name.


  Mertensia maritima  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Boraginaceae  

Distribution
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Mertensia
(Oysterplants)

OYSTERPLANT

Mertensia maritima

Borage Family [Boraginaceae]  

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