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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Rare plant in flower on Monthly Society Ramble

This is Hedgerow Cranesbill Geranium pyrenaicum, noticed and identified on the spot by Steve, our friend from Sowerby on the walk on Sunday 6th September. Its flowers are about 15mm  (5/8inch) across.

The only site mentioned in West Yorkshire Plant Atlas (Lavin and Wilmore 1994) is in Halifax -
Bolton (1775) 'At Lower Willow Hall, Skircoat.' Doubtfully native, with a first British record in 1762
(Clapham, Tutin and Warburg, 1962). An uncommon West Yorkshire species recorded very occasionally from hedgebanks, waste ground and field margins.

Steve spotted this - a single plant - on an unmown verge of a farm lane at Bradshaw. SE075306

Great find Steve, from Steve B. Will try and  get to look at your Hypericum at Sowerby Bridge.


Steve said...

I've spotted this in a few places locally; Along the road at the bottom of Milner Royd Nature reserve, currently being redeveloped into an industrial site so we can probably say goodbye to that one.
I potted one in Elland, on a footpath that joins Church Street to Rochdale Road. And there are some next to the Belmont Garage on Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge, possibly from dumped garden waste.

Steve Blacksmith said...

I wonder if it has been included in some of the wildflower seed mixes.
Thanks for the other pictures, I'm just posting them.