Species of the Month - June 2013

Globe Flower

Trollius europaeus

The closed rounded flowers of this species are unique and easily recognisable.  They can only be pollinated by a particular kind of fly, which lays eggs inside the flower from which larvae emerge to feed on the maturing seeds which resulted from the parent fly's pollinating activity.

Trollius europaeus

Globe Flower requires a somewhat alkaline soil that is free from grazing, and is most likey to be found in gorges or gullies, damp meadows, riversides, woodland and on rock ledges.  In Britain it is commonest in north and west Scotland despite the acid conditions that predominate there.  It is always worth recording as it's an indicator of alkaline habitat where other interesting plants may be found.

Trollius europaeus   Trollius europaeus

On the left, Globe Flower growing in lush damp grassland, and on the right, on a mountain rock ledge.

Trollius europaeus

Globe Flowers in the River Nant gorge

Trollius europaeus

It flowers in May and June but can be recognised by the distinctive leaves at any time of year.  The large leaf in the top right is a basal leaf on a long stalk.  To the left, a more finely divided, and unstalked, stem leaf can be seen.


Please send in your Globe Flower sightings using the form below, or email sightings@lnhg.org.uk with the details if you prefer.  If you are not sure of the identity of your plant, please send a photo to sightings@lnhg.org.uk, or put one on the LORN forum and let me know it is there.

Date of sighting 
Grid reference 
Number seen 
Name of finder 
Your name (if different) 
Email (not needed if I already know it!) 
Habitat and any other details   


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Carl Farmer
G Biological Records Manager

Sightings so far

4 Jun: Chris Irvine found at least 6 plants, 2 in flower, near the top of Meall Mor, Glencoe.

7 Jun: I found two flowering near Connel.

22 Jun: Denise Overnell showed me a patch of them at Kilmore.


Note you can still send in records for past species of the month.  Here is the list of species we've had so far:

May 2013 - Early Purple Orchid
Apr 2013 - Peacock Butterfly
Mar 2013 - Oak Beauty
Feb 2013 - Coral Lungwort

Jan 2013 - Willow Jelly Button & Birch Jelly Button
Dec 2012 - Dice Lichen
Nov 2012 - Feathered Thorn
Oct 2012 - Dryad's Saddle
Sep 2012 - Tawny Grisette
Aug 2012 - Forest Bug
Jul 2012 - Grayling
Jun 2012 - Greater and Lesser Butterfly Orchids
May 2012 - Small Copper
Apr 2012 - Green Tiger Beetle
Mar 2012 - March Moth
Feb 2012 - Barren Strawberry
Jan 2012 - Brambling
Dec 2011 - Red Squirrel
Nov 2011 - Hazel Gloves
Oct 2011 - Small Tortoiseshell
Sep 2011 - Fly Agaric
Aug 2011 - Grass of Parnassus
Jul 2011 - Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Jun 2011 - 7-spot Ladybird
May 2011 - Green Hairstreak
Apr 2011 - Townhall Clock

Mar 2011 - Frogspawn

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