Recent Sighting

Common Cow-wheat

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Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense)  Photo: Bob Ellis

The two colonies of Common Cow-wheat at either end of the strip of woodland between Eaton Park and Bluebell Road are both doing well. This plant is hemi-parasitic, meaning that it relies on obtaining some of its nutrients from the roots of nearby plants.

Milk Thistle

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Photo: Bob Ellis

There were a couple of typically large plants growing in a roadside hedge on the outskirts of Attlebridge. An easy plant to spot and identify with its marbled-white veined leaves and large capitula with spiny phyllaries.

White Sedge

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White Sedge (Carex canescens)   Photo: Bob Ellis

It was good to see White Sedge, Carex canescens doing well at East Ruston Common SSSI after scrub clearance in recent years.

Shore Horsetail

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Shore Horsetail (Equisetum x litorale)   Photo: Bob Ellis

A small colony of this hybrid Horsetail was found near a ditch in Carlton St Peter. The hollow stem and pattern of side branches alerted me to the possibility that this may be a hybrid.

Small-flowered Catchfly

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Small-flowered Catchfly (Silene gallica) Photo: Suki Pryce

Small-flowered Catchfly now flowering profusely on the hot sandy cutting on the Weaver's Way near Felmingham. There look to be thousands of flowering spikes at the moment - a lovely and unusual sight.

Hard Fern

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Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant)  Photo: Suki Pryce

One of a group of at least twenty well established clumps along an old bank on damp stream valley-side, south side of Bryant's Heath, Felmingham.

White Hedgerow Crane's-bill

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White Hedgerow Crane's-bill (Geranium pyrenaicum)  Photo: Bob Ellis

This very attractive white-flowered form of Hedgerow Crane's-bill made a lovely display, extending over 10 meters at the base of a hedge bordering an agricultural field, climbing through Barren Brome (Anisantha sterilis).

Abundant Water Violet

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Water Violet (Hottonia palustris)  Photo: Janet Higgins

This is the first time I have seen Water Violet flowering in this ditch which was dug out about five years ago, although it is known to flower intermittently in ditches throughout Marston marsh.

Bogbean

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Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)   Photo: Suki Pryce

Bogbean growing like a weed in a pond north of Felmingham, late April. I've never seen it growing like this before.