Monday’s meeting produced some interesting moorland types of plants from high altitudes, the result of rambles over Helvellyn. Of these, that interesting marsh-plant Butterwort, was the most notable. With its relative Bladderwort, it is one of the few representative British carniverous plants, its viscid leaves retaining small insects, from which the plant derives its nitrogenous food.
Butterwort has the property of giving consistence to milk, preventing its separating into whey of cream. The solid milk favoured by by Lapland farmers is produced by the leaves of the Butterwort, which are used for straining.
Sundew, another British insectiverous plant , was also reported. In this case the leaves are covered with little red hairs, which are seen to gradually close over any small insect or other nitrogenous matter.
The Starry Saxifrage and Yellow Mountain Saxifrage were further examples of another fascinating family. Bog Asphodel Ivy-leaved Lettuce, White Scabious, and Knapweed, were further plants added to the records.