Snake's Head Fritillary
Taken at Strathclyde Park on 30th August 2006 by Colin Dunlop, Country Park Ranger.©
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Snake's Head Fritillary.
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AKA:
Fritillaria Meleagris.
Liliales.
Liliaceae.
Herbaceous perennial.

Chess flower, Frog-cup, Guinea-hen flower, Guinea flower, ( spotted like a Guineafowl) Leper lily (because its shape resembled the bell once carried by lepers), Lazarus bell, Chequered lily, Chequered daffodil, Drooping tulip.
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Damp meadows, pastures
April-May
30 - 45 cm
The plant was once abundant in the UK, particularly in the Thames Valley and parts of Wiltshire, and was collected in vast quantities to be sold as a cut flower in the markets of London, Oxford and Birmingham. During World War II most of the ancient meadows were ploughed up and turned over to the production of food crops, destroying much of the plant's habitat.
A solitary bloom may be happened upon if you are lucky.