Flora and fauna (Scottish Highlands) - streapadair

Diapensia lapponica

West Highlands, 30/05/85

~ Diapensia is an Arctic-alpine plant with a circumpolar distribution, which in the British Isles touches down only (as far as we know) on this hilltop in the Loch Shiel vicinity, where it was first discovered as recently as 1951, and by an entomologist rather than a botanist. Reports of one or two other sites have been discounted as misidentifications of white-flowered variants of Loiseleuria procumbans.