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Spring Squill

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Spring Squill

Post by virtualheb » 27 May 2012, 16:06

I took two pictures today at Mealista - Lewis - of two flowers that I thought were both spring squill, the specimens, were actually quite a way from each other, and when I got back home I note that the purple/lilac one - is what I imagine to be Scilla subspecies verna - that is native to the Western Isles. The other one is slighly different - a blue one which seems to have slightly different petals, I looked on the net and have seen a blue one exists called Scilla bifolia. Can anyone tell me are these two flowers the same species, just different colours (the Scilla verna) or are they each a different sub species? Apologies that the pictures arent as good as they should be - my photographic skills need improving!

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Blue Spring Squill
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Purple Spring Squill

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Re: Spring Squill

Post by Paul Smith » 31 May 2012, 23:22

Hi Chris,

I think they're both Scilla verna. The colour varies a bit (and depends on how fresh the flowers are), but the best diagnostic character seems to be the bracts - missing or minute in S. bifolia, 5-15mm in S. verna. Unfortunately they're under the flower head, so you can't see from the photos. S. bifolia is also an introduced species, so I'd be surprised if it had got to Mealasta by itself!

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Re: Spring Squill

Post by virtualheb » 01 Jun 2012, 07:37

Hi Paul

Many thanks, I hadnt seen documented that the bifolia was an introduced species, (probably wasnt looking in right places) - so many thanks for the assistance

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