Hottonia palustris   Water-violet C DD N

Hottonia palustris

I located this plant some twelve years ago on the local marshes but hadn't visited the site since. The drainage ditch in which it grows had been "improved" by the farmer who had created vertical side one metre high. It was very difficult to get anywhere near these plants but using the zoom and dropping down the bank as far as I dared, I did get one or two just about acceptable shots. Many plants have disappeared from theses marshes since the Manchester Ship Canal Company created new lagoons in which to deposit the dredgings from the canal but these particular plants have increased in number.

Although there are only a few sites in Wales, even fewer in Scotland and Ireland this plant is fairly common in England particularly towards the east.

Drainage ditch, Frodsham marshes, 6th June 2005

Added on 6th June 2005, updated 9th April 2009, updated 7th April 2010

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