Brian Ballinger, BSBI County Recorder for Easter Ross, introduces us to the very rare Oxytropis halleri (Purple Oxytropis) which occurs in his patch
A new look at an iconic species. To burn, or not to burn?
The Prickly Lettuce is a southern species, quite scarce in Scotland, but it may be on the increase.
Sea Beet is the wild ancestor of beetroot, chard and mangelwurzel. It contains an unusual pigment, betaine, which helps osmoregulation in the saline environment.
The nightshade family, Solanaceae, is a family of around 3000 species, known for its important edible species and infamous for its toxic species. There aren’t many Solanaceae species native to the UK, and the most widespread of these is Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet or woody nightshade.
Plant of the Week – 9th August 2021 – Carrots – Daucus carota subspecies carota, sativus and gummifer.
Wild carrot (Daucus carota subsp. carota) is in bloom right now. It is the wild relative of the cultivated carrot.
Wall Lettuce is native in England but probably not in Ireland and Scotland. However, it is spreading in the urban environment, although absent in some parts of the country for no apparent reason.
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.
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