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English Bluebell Wood in spring, Cheshire, England, UK

English Bluebell Wood in spring, Cheshire, England, UK Stock Photo
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Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

P110K5

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53.6 MB (5.5 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

5303 x 3535 px | 44.9 x 29.9 cm | 17.7 x 11.8 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

6 May 2018

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Hyacinthoides non-scripta (formerly Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant. It is known in English as the common bluebell or simply bluebell, a name which is used in Scotland to refer to the harebell, Campanula rotundifolia. In spring, H. non-scripta produces a nodding, one-sided inflorescence of 5–12 tubular, sweet-scented violet–blue flowers, with strongly recurved tepals, and 3–6 long, linear, basal leaves. H. non-scripta is particularly associated with ancient woodland where it may dominate the understorey to produce carpets of violet–blue flowers in "bluebell woods", but also occurs in more open habitats in western regions. It is protected under UK law, and in some other parts of its range. A related species, H. hispanica has also been introduced to the British Isles and hybridises with H. non-scripta to produce intermediates known as H. × massartiana.

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