September

Stinking Fleabane

Stinkwort
Stinking Fleabane  Dittrichia graveolens  Photo: Jo Parmenter

While cycling to Whitlingham to see the recently discovered Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), Louis Parkerson spotted a clump of plants with yellow flowers beside the A47, and stopped to take some photos as they looked very similar to a patch of plants that he sa

Mown Fiddle Dock

fiddle dock
Fiddle Dock Rumex pulcher   Photo: Jo Parmenter

The distinctly 'waisted', cordate leaves of Fiddle Dock Rumex pulcher were found growing in discrete clumps in a churchyard (common Norfolk habitat).

Railway Flora

sticky groundsel
Sticky groundsel Senecio viscosus   Photo: Bob Ellis

Two typical plants were found growing alongside the railway track on the Norfolk Flora Group outing to survey the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Rare Rustyback

rusty back fern
Rustyback Asplenium ceterach   Photo: Janet Higgins

Rustyback is more common in the west of England so we were delighted to find this population growing on a wall in Norfolk during a Norfolk Flora Group excursion to the Snorings.

Green Nightshade

green nightshade
Green Nightshade Solanum physalifolium   Photo: Bob Ellis

It's mid September and Green Nightshade, Solanum physalifolium, seems to be turning up a little more than usual this year but it may just be down to my rather random wanderings. These plants were in a sugar beet field in Felthorpe.

Hairy, Striped and Pink

hairy bindweed
Hairy Bindweed Calystegia pulchra   Photo: Janet Higgins

We are all used to seeing the white trumpets of Calystegia sepium, the native Hedge Bindweed, and also the rather showier Large Bindweed Calystegia sylvatica, which came here from southwestern Europe, but this very pretty pink and white striped plant,

Pretty in pink

scarlet pimpernel
Scarlet Pimpernel Anagallis arvensis forma pallida   Photo: Bob Ellis

On a long, lonely footpath between Foulsham and Foxley beside an abandoned field of barley, I came across a single plant of Scarlet Pimpernel with pale pink flowers.