NS3678 : Common Hemp-nettle

taken 5 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Common Hemp-nettle
Common Hemp-nettle
(Galeopsis tetrahit)

The plant was growing on a small earthen mound in NS3678 : Carman Quarry, an old sandstone quarry. For other notes about the habitat, see NS3678 : Sun Spurge; that plant was growing within a few feet of the Hemp-nettle. Disturbed ground is a typical habitat for both of these species.

Common Hemp-nettle often has pink flowers, and the plant is generally shown that way in identification guides. There were some examples of the pink-flowered form within a few feet of this plant, though I have not depicted them separately (see HP6414 : Hemp Nettle sp. (Galeopsis sp.), Norwick for another contributor's picture).

However, it is not uncommon to find Common Hemp-nettle plants with (mostly) white flowers, as shown here, which gives them a superficial resemblance to White Dead-nettle, although the flowers are not quite the same shape.

In this form of Common Hemp-nettle, the flowers are mostly but not entirely white: they have coloured areas inside, on the lower lip.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3690 7896 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.5501N 4:36.9204W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3690 7896
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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