Welcome to the blog of the Botanical Society of Scotland
We launched in May 2020. We wanted to provide a focal point for members, in view of the cancellation of our usual programme of visits and lectures. Through this blog, we are hoping to supplement the information available on our main website, our Facebook pages and our News publication.
So far, we have had a steady flow of blogs, and we introduced ‘Plant of the Week’ in which we feature a species which you may easily find on your walks. Feel free to submit a blog article to us, preferably with at least one image. Send us a message through the contact form and we will get back to you.
Our main field activity at present is to gather data for our Urban Flora Project (https://www.botanical-society-scotland.org.uk/Urban_Flora_of_Scotland), so part of the blog will be about this, and we hope to encourage more of you to participate.
To help newcomers, we have also added a LEARN page, which will be further developed in the coming weeks and we hope will be a valuable resource.
Don’t forget, our website (https://www.botanical-society-scotland.org.uk/) is useful for basic information about us and provides access for our members to our BSS News and our international journal Plant Ecology and Diversity. Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/botsocscot/ is enjoyed by many people.
Welcome to radishes!
The Sea Radish is common on the west coast of Britain but very scarce on the east and missing from most of Europe. It’s a salt-tolerant ancestor of the cultivated radish.
It came from the Alps long ago, now it thrives on the mortar of walls in many parts of Europe. One of the several decorative wall species found in towns and cities.
This week’s Plant of the Week is Echium vulgare, viper’s bugloss.
Plant of the week (July 5th 2021) Plantains – Plantago maritima (Sea plantain) and Plantago coronopus (Buck’s-horn plantain)
This week’s blog features two different Plantain species. Both of them are salt tolerant, but their distributions are not the same.
They say it’s a woodland plant but Linnaeus called it Geum urbanum. It finds plenty of places to grow in the urban environment.
This deadly poisonous plant may be expanding its range in the west of the country. It could put a smile on your face.
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