Flowers Of The Fields And Meadows 5Flowers Of The Fields And Meadows 6Flowers Of The Fields And Meadows 7Flowers Of The Fields And Meadows 8The visitors are Hymenoptera (Apidae), Lepidoptera, Diptera (Syrphidae)

The visitors are Hymenoptera (Apidae), Lepidoptera, Diptera (Syrphidae).

Like other species Ragged Robin is dis-persed by the wind. The capsule opens above, and allows animals or the wind to cause the seeds to be flung to a distance when the stem is shaken.

The plant is fond of peat, living only in a wet, peaty soil, which is found in low-lying districts or meadows.

It is infested by a fungus, Ustilago violacea, one of the rusts and smuts. The other species of Lychnis are infested by Pink Rust, Puccinia arenariae, Ascochyta Di-anthi, Puccinia lychni-dearum. Two moths, the White Spot (Dianthoecia albimacula) and the Marbled Coronet (D. conspersa), visit it.

Flos-cuculi, Tragus, was once a generic name, and is Latin for Cuckoo-flower. Ragged Robin is known by the names of Bachelor's Buttons, Meadow Campion, Cock's-caim, Cock's-comb, Crow-flower, Fair Maid of France, Cuckoo Gilliflower, Indian Pink, Marsh-gilliflower, Meadow Pink, Pleasant-in-sight, Ragged Jack, Ragged Robin, Robin Hood, Rough Robin, Meadow Spink, Wild Williams. The name Cuckoo Gilliflower was given in allusion to its flowering in spring, and its resemblance to a Gilliflower. Meadow Spink is given because its flowers resemble those of Dianthus plumarius.

Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos cuculi, L.)

Photo. B. Hanley - Ragged Robin (Lychnis Flos-cuculi, L.)

When cultivated in the garden the flowers are double. Occasionally the plant is white-flowered.

Essential Specific Characters: 50. Lychnis Flos-cuculi, L. - Stem angular, purplish-green, leaves lanceolate, flowers pink, notched, in a loose panicle, calyx tubular, capsule 5-toothed.