NS3974 : Musk Mallow

taken 8 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Musk Mallow
Musk Mallow
(Malva moschata)

For context, see the foreground area in NS3974 : Dumbarton Rock: War Department boundary stone no. 2.

The species has long been present at the Rock. Donald MacLeod, in the second edition of his "History of the Town and Castle of Dumbarton" (1877), lists several species found here in his day; in the following list, I have given the scientific name that appears(*) in the book, the modern scientific name (if different), and the common name:

● Olusatrum alexandrum (Smyrnium olusatrum): Alexanders
● Carduus marianus (Silybum marianum): Milk Thistle
● Malva sylvestris: Common Mallow
● Malva moschata: Musk Mallow
● Conium maculatum: Hemlock
● Carex muricata (? either Carex spicata or Carex muricata subsp. pairae):
? either Spiked Sedge or Small-fruited Prickly Sedge
● Poa maritima (Puccinellia maritima): Common Saltmarsh-grass

Alexanders, the first-listed species, is still abundant around the base of the Rock: NS4074 : Alexanders at Dumbarton Rock / NS4074 : Alexanders / NS4074 : Rust fungus galls on Alexanders.

[(*) In line with modern practice, I give species names without capitals. I have also corrected "Cardusus" to "Carduus". Carex spicata was formerly confused with a subspecies of Carex muricata; it is therefore not clear which species the 1877 book is referring to.]
Dumbarton Rock and Castle :: NS4074
The Rock is a volcanic plug, and it has a long history as a fortified site. For further information, see the Geograph article "Dumbarton Rock and Castle": Link
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Thursday, 14 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 April, 2017
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