TG3103 : Marsh Valerian (Valeriana dioica) - flowers

taken 7 months ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Marsh Valerian  (Valeriana dioica) - flowers
Marsh Valerian (Valeriana dioica) - flowers
Marsh Valerian > LinkExternal link is closely related to the Teasel and grows up to 40cm tall, producing tight clusters of pink or white five-petalled flowers, the petals being joined at the base. Plants with the name dioica (literally meaning 'two houses') are dioecious, ie male and female flowers grow on separate plants, with the male flowers typically measuring 4.5mm across > LinkExternal link and female flowers about 3mm across. The plant is widespread throughout the southern part of the UK but absent from the far north of Scotland and also from Ireland, and can be found in permanently wet land such as fens and bogs. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link.

Sleeping potions known as Valerian were derived from this and other plants from the same genus, used not only as a treatment for insomnia but also reputedly by thieves who spiked the drinks of intended victims. Valerian is still used as the source of sedatives for relaxing the central nervous system.
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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3193 0380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.9503N 1:25.3212E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3196 0381
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