NS4179 : Bog Asphodel

taken 13 years ago, near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Bog Asphodel
Bog Asphodel
This is a closer view of some of the flowers that make up an extensive patch of Bog Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) on the grassy moors below Pappert Hill: NS4179 : Grassland near Nobleston Wood.

This is a native species, found in bogs and other wet acidic habitats. After flowering, the dried-up remnants of the plant retain a strong orange-yellow colouring for quite some time.

The specific name 'ossifragum' means 'bone-breaker'; as is explained in Richard Mabey's "Flora Britannica", that name is indirectly related to the habitat in which the plant is found: "it derives from the belief that grazing the plant made the bones of sheep brittle – though it was not bog asphodel which caused this, but the sour calcium-poor pastures in which it occurs".

As for the background, a small part of the River Clyde can be seen at the far left. Slightly to the left of centre, visible as little more than a thin pale-blue line near the top of a hill, is Carman Reservoir. The hills to the right of centre are Carman Hill and Overton Muir.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 July, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 16 July, 2009
Geographical Context
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Pappert Hill  Bonhill 
Plant (from Tags)
Bog Asphodel 
Landmark (from Tags)
Carman Hill 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4118 7954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.9486N 4:32.8302W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4118 7954
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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