Saturday, 25 April 2015

Paris quadrifolia (Herb-paris) from woods at Michaelston-le-Pit

 I was out with the Glamorgan Botany Group today. Had some great plants including Herb-paris, picture here. Also Greater Butterfly Orchid and Bird's-nest Orchid in bud and a few Common Twayblades flowering.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Ranunculus parviflorus (Small-flowered Buttercup) refound in Flintshire

 Emily Meilleur sent me these picture of Small-flowered Buttercup that she found by the River Clwyd near Rhyl yesterday. This is the first record in Flintshire for over 60 years.

Trifolium suffocatum (Suffocated Clover) 2nd native site in Galmorgan

I was out with Julian Woodman today looking for Poa infirma (no luck there) at Ogmore-by-sea and I found Suffocated Clover, only the 2nd record for Glamorgan at a native. There were 100s of plants. In the centre of the picture you can see the tiny flowers, most had already finished flowering.  

Monday, 20 April 2015

Viola canina on dunes NW of Cardigan

Heath Dog-violet on dunes NW of Cardigan on the west coast of Wales, taken on a BSBI field meeting. This was one of the 300+ plus species we saw over the two days. Note the very yellow spur.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Petasites japonicus on the River Wye at Builth Wells, Breconshire

 Today when I stopped in Builth Wells, on the bank of the River Wye was a patch of Giant Butterbur. I always think they look like cauliflowers!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Arum italicum subsp italicum x A. maculatum a new hybrid for Wales

 At the weekend I found what I take to be the hybrid between a none native species Arum italicum subsp. italicum and a native species Arum maculatum. As far as I can tell this is a new hybrid for Wales. Growing on a road verge with both parents north of East Aberthaw, Glamorgan. In the picture above is the leaf of the hybrid. Below can be seen both parents and the hybrid. The hybrid has yellowish veins and some of the leaves have black spots. Arum italicum has white veins on the leaves and no black spots. Have posted some leaves of the hybrid to Wisley where they will do DNA test on my specimens. Now I have to wait to see if science agrees with my field observation!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Symphytum grandiflorum at St Hilary, Glamorgan

 Came across a large patch of Creeping Comfrey on a road verge near St Hilary today. An uncommon garden escape in Wales. The buds are red and as they come out they turn a very pale pink.