NN2562 : Moorland vegetation

taken 13 years ago, near to Meall na Cruaidhe [other Features], Highland, Great Britain

Moorland vegetation
Moorland vegetation
Taken on the slopes of Glas Bheinn, wildflowers of peat moorland. The purple flowers with the starshaped leaves are Butterwort, and this is an insect eating plant. Peaty soils are acidic and poor in available nitrogen and other minerals. Midges are rich in nutrients, and by dying on the moor in their untold millions(not quickly enough!) spread plant nutrients. Butterwort tips the odds in its favour by having sticky leaves, it collects insects which decay into the minerals and nitrogen needed to support plant life.
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Sunday, 12 June, 2005   (more nearby)
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Monday, 13 June, 2005
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Flora   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NN 25 62 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 56:43.2870N 4:51.1955W
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