NS4984 : Foxglove

taken 12 years ago, near to Craighat, Stirling, Great Britain

(Digitalis purpurea)

This plant was growing close to the edge of Finnich Glen (a deep gorge, where NS4984 : The Devil's Pulpit is located): NS4984 : Finnich Glen. I took this picture before descending into the gorge itself by means of NS4984 : Jacob's Ladder.

As is well known, foxglove is poisonous, containing digitoxin (which can be used to treat certain heart conditions, though with the disadvantage that the difference between an ineffective dose and a fatal one is rather narrow). It also contains digoxigenin, a compound with important applications in molecular biology.

Inside a foxglove flower, on the upper surface, two yellow rod-shaped pollinia (pollen-bearing structures) are visible. Bumble-bees can often be seen going in and out of foxglove flowers; the pollinia deposit some pollen on their backs.

For some other common but very poisonous plants, see NS3976 : Hemlock Water-Dropwort and NS8279 : Monk's-hood (an Aconitum species). See also NS3981 : The berries of Bittersweet, NS3878 : Dog's Mercury, and NS3978 : Arum berries.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2005   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 August, 2008
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Woodland, Forest 
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Finnich Glen 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 495 848 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.9489N 4:24.9663W
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