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Great Masterwort

Astrantia major

Description:

This herbaceous, perennial plant has a rhizome and belongs to the family of the Apiaceae. It can reach 60 cm but is often shorter, with few branches and leaves. The beautiful inflorescence is umbrella-shaped, with numerous long and reddish floral bracts. The flowers are small and greenish-white with reddish/pinkish shades. The central ones are hermaphrodite, with the external ones being male. Flowers from June through September.

Habitat:

This plant likes partial shade and is found in subalpine forests. Native to Europe and Western Asia. Introduced to the British Isles. Spotted here 1300 m ASL.

Notes:

Mainly pollinated by beetles, but also by other insects. The genus name (Astrantia) comes from the Latin "aster", meaning star.

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2 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks Tweact! It's a lovely wild flower.

Tweact
Tweact 3 years ago

Very nice!

Blonay, Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.49, Long: 6.92

Spotted on Jul 15, 2011
Submitted on Jul 20, 2011

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