Hundreds of fungi are actively recycling last season’s discarded plant material. Here’s one. It looks like a squashed tangerine in miniature.
Following on from last week’s Plant of the Week, we look at another member of the Allium family: ramsons, Allium ursinum, currently well on its way to full leaf and soon to come into flower.
Maria Chamberlain recalls seeing this species over 50 years ago when it was quite rare. It has become a common invader of woodlands and gardens.
This iconic species is still rare, but recent observations suggest it may be on the increase. Do look out for it.
If you go down to the River Esk today you may be in for a visual surprise. At the base of an alder, crack willow or poplar on the river bank there may be a startling carpet of intense purple flowers with the exotic appearance of an orchid, but stemless, emerging straight out of the ground.
To walk in the native pinewood is uplifting, it has spiritual appeal. Pineforests and the wildlife therein are ‘jewels in the crown’ of Scotland’s biodiversity,
A Grimm’s Fairy Tale from Auld Reekie:
a botanical story from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.
If you’re a bored botanist waiting for the summer to start, you can do a lot worse than taking on a quest to bag all four of our butterbur species and the “bonus ball” of the coltsfoot.
Here is another honorary plant – a fungus that is common in the urban environment but inconspicuous and disregarded – except by rodents.
You may never have seen the Yellow Star of Bethlehem but you can read about it here.
It’s nearly time for Lesser Celandines to be in flower. Another sign of Spring.
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