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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Lousewort

Today I visited a meadow in the Holywell Green area,
it's a short grazed unimproved meadow with a great variety of species.

As I scanned around I totalled 26 points on the LWS Meadow Criteria List.
12 is considered good.

The highlights for me were Lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica)
This is the third site I've been to in Calderdale with Lousewort.


Very clear in the short grass

 

Changing Forget-me-not (Myosotis discolor)


Now a common component of Wild Meadow Mixes
I rarely see it growing naturally but here it appeared en masse.


Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)
Our least common Buttercup which is usually scattered but here was abundant


Note the reflexed sepals below


There was also Heath Milkwort, Barren Strawberry, Bitter Vetch, Carnation Sedge and many more.
If you know of any hidden gems like this then please let me know.


2 comments:

ChrisJB said...

Some great finds there Steve.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Brilliant! Well deduced Steve; we knew it was very good
for fungi, you guessed it could be good for plants.