Continuing my Balbirnie Park theme, whilst continuing to get all my previous posts located on the above menus, I took this photo of the flower head of a Ramsons, in late April this year.
Ramsons are part of the major group of flowers called the monocotyledons. ‘Monocots’ are principally distinguished from the other major group of flowering plants, the dicotyledons, because the seeds only have one embryonic leaf, or cotyledon. In the field however, as a general rule of thumb, plants with leaves that have parallel veins are ‘monocots’, those with spreading and branched veins on their leaves are ‘dicots’.
Ramsons is part of the onion family, and is also edible – the leaves are used around the rind of Cornish Yarg (a type of cheese). However, care must be taken to identify the plant correctly, the similar plant ‘Lily of the Valley’ has poisonous leaves. Monocots also include flowers such as orchids, iris’s and daffodils, to name but a few.