SOWBREAD

Cyclamen hederifolium

Myrsine Family [Myrsinaceae]

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Oct 2011, Bradley Woods, Newton Abbot, Devon. Photo: © Duane Breslan
A low plant up to 4 inches high growing in a tuft. Leaves satin on upperside, toothed, and broadly arrow-shaped.


Oct 2011, Bradley Woods, Newton Abbot, Devon. Photo: © Duane Breslan
Flowers hang upside down on stalks which fold over near the summit.


Oct 2011, Bradley Woods, Newton Abbot, Devon. Photo: © Duane Breslan
Leaf stalks reddish. Flower stalks twice as tall as leaves, but tightly coiled before un-furling.


Oct 2011, Bradley Woods, Newton Abbot, Devon. Photo: © Duane Breslan
Leaves vary from a dark green to near-black, with a lighter-coloured halo in the middle.


Oct 2011, Bradley Woods, Newton Abbot, Devon. Photo: © Duane Breslan
Leaves wrinkled at the edge. Leaf outline and patterning reminiscent of the Mandelbrot Set.


Not to be confused semantically with : Sow-thistles such as Corn Sow-thistle, Prickly Sow-Thistle, Common Blue Sow Thistle or Smooth Sow-Thistle [plants with similar names but from a differing Family].

Some similarities to : Eastern Sowbread, a plant in the same Genus, but Eastern Cyclamen has very different leaves which are kidney shaped .

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Sow-thistles such as Corn Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis) [a plant with similar name belonging to a differing family].

Five triterpene saponins (oleanane glycosides) have been isolated from this Sowbread, Hederifoliosides A-E.


  Cyclamen hederifolium  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Myrsinaceae  

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SOWBREAD

Cyclamen hederifolium

Myrsine Family [Myrsinaceae]

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