NS4984 : Foxglove

near to Craighat, Stirling, Great Britain

Foxglove
Foxglove
(Digitalis purpurea)

This plant was growing close to the edge of Finnich Glen (a deep gorge, where 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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2005
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Sunday, 26 June, 2005   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 30 August, 2008
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Woodland, Forest 
Plant (from Tags)
Foxglove 
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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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