NS4373 : Ramsons (Allium ursinum)

taken 12 years ago, near to Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Ramsons (Allium ursinum)
Ramsons (Allium ursinum)
This plant was growing in the wooded shade alongside the cycle route, not far from Dunglass Roundabout. In woodland, it often occurs in large patches. It is a member of the Lily family, which also includes Wild Daffodil, Snowdrop, Spring Snowflake, and Summer Snowflake: NS3976 : Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum).

Richard Mabey's "Flora Britannica" notes that, by transposition, it is sometimes mistakenly called "ransoms", but another common name for this plant is Wild Garlic; it imparts a strong and unmistakable odour to woods where it grows.

This plant has also left its influence on place names [see e.g. Margaret Gelling, "Place Names in the Landscape"]; the Old English root "hrams-" gives rise to such names as Ramsey Island (off Pembrokeshire), Ramshorn (Staffordshire), Ramsbottom (Lancashire), and many others.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 2 May, 2007   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 August, 2008
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 439 738 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.9169N 4:29.9797W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 439 738
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