Burren Flowers - Irish Eyebright
Irish Eyebright is a native Irish species, only found in Western Ireland. This Burren flower first catches your eye as mere specs of white on the ground. It gave me great delight when I first saw this Burren flower enlarged on the screen. I think it is one of the prettiest, yet the flowerhead is smaller than the nail on your little finger. You can easily miss it's beautiful detail. But this flower has a dark side. It's a partial parasitic - it grows off the roots of other grassland perennials.
Botanical : Euphrasia Salisburgensis
As Gaeilge : Glanrosc Gaelach
Family : Scrophulariaceae - figwort family
Irish Eyebright can be found in the Burren between Jul-Aug. This Burren flower is a native, partial parasitic annual which grows up to 12cm height. It's leaves are narrow, with 3 pairs of separated spreading teeth - which differentiates it from all other Eyebrights. The flowers of the Irish Eyebright are 5mm across, 2 lipped. The middle lobe of lower lip is longest. The Irish Eyebright can be found on limestone pavements only in Western Ireland, particulary in the Burren.
Burren Flowers Greeting Cards - Irish Eyebright
Irish Eyebright is featured in Note Card set mbf003. For €6, with FREE delivery worldwide, you also get a Note Card with the Heath Spotted Orchid, Hoary Rockrose, Bloody Crane's-Bill and Harebell.