Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Botany for all Seasons

After a not too promising start, today was rather sunny and warm. In fact, it rather reminded me of August.

So I attended another field trip with the Sussex Botanical Recording Society in the hope of acquiring some knowledge by association; osmosis even. Alas, were it that easy!

However I do try to pick up a little knowledge on each occasion; so here follows an account of what I learnt today on a visit to Pett (Guestling Wood) and Rye.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

This rather attractive and unassuming little plant was surrounded by Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) plants.

Golden Rod (Solidago virgaurea)

A late flowering plant (July-September) and an important larval foodplant for a variety of moths and other invertebrates.

Some mighty oak trees standing in Guestling Wood.

Some proper botany now; two plants that look similar but are in fact two different species;

Lesser Burdock(Arctium minus)

Greater Burdock(Arctium lappa)

These two plants were growing not too far from each other which certainly helped when making the comparison.

Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

This poppy was growing on the road verge adjacent to the woods, a very noticeable, colourful and an iconic plant for this time of year.

Wall Rue Fern (Asplenium ruta-muraria)

This plant was growing on a wall near Pett Village, and for me at least, it is one of the easier ferns to identify.

Finally a nice late summer picture, harvest home. The view is of Winchelsea from Cadborough Cliff.

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