(Notes compiled 28th Aug 2021)
Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Plus sub species "Septentrionalis" and local varieties
We do get Autumn Gentians throughout Hutton Roof, although the bulk of them seem to be on the more North West side known as Holme Stinted Pastures, Holme Park Fell, and areas on the Farleton side of Hutton Roof. I have found them in small quantities on Uberash Roughs, Uberash Breast and also to the East of the Trig Point.
I have found that they are really numerous about every two to three years when their numbers I have recorded in the 3,000 plus plants, but on the quieter in between years I have managed to only find between 50 to 75. So it really is nice when we do have a "special" Autumn Gentian year, the last being 2020 and prior to that was 2017 and prior to that was 2015. This confirms that the G.amarella has its best years every two to three years.
We have probably got several local varieties of Amarella if the truth be known, or that I could make up with differing features. But the ones which seem to be established are the regular purple/magenta plant, then we do also have a "white petal (corolla) with purple to the back of the petal (corolla)" version which is said to belong to the sub species or Northern race called "Septentrionalis". Now if we said that all white flowered ones were of this sub-species then we definately have far more of these on Hutton Roof than we do with the purple flowered (probably about 75% white to 25% purple ratio). But I have noticed that we do occasionally get a very light green/white amarella which are also and probably more defined to be a true "white/cream flowered specimen" BUT are not purple on the back of the petals/sepals (corolla/calyx) like the earlier ones I mentioned. See below for comparisons.
Now below I show yet another "white" flowered amarella version which is more of a true white within the flower (Corolla) and green/white sepals (calyx).
(above) are even more examples of 3 true white/green amarella, separate plants all found within a one metre area of Holme Stints on 7th Sept 2021.
(above) You see some of the many variations of amarella. Basically it starts with a deep purple (or magenta) to white and the many shades between.
(above) shows variations in the G.amarella petals going from a magenta (top left) to a light purple (top right) and then to a bicolor (bottom left) and then to a white with purple back (bottom right). These are shown here on five petal flowers and are equally represented on 4 petal flowers. Shortly I will extend the variant colours to include the "true" white.
(above) This collage shows the association of the actual "bicolor" within the G.amarella. The first photo shows the almost white flower with the slightest of tints of colour showing division of each petal to a 50/50% (top left), moving on you see the bicolor separations more easily (top right), then you see the look from the outside of the petals (bottom left) and finally you see the corolla from both sides showing the same division of colour(bottom right).
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