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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recent finds at Copley Redevelopment Site

I went yesterday to see if I could find the Common Centaury
I've seen in previous years.
I couldn't find them in the usual place but found some elsewhere.
Once my eye was in I found that there were many exactly
where I had searched earlier without success.

Common Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)

Ali was leaving as I got there and directed me to the Bee Orchids
which were great to see

On the way back I saw that the pansies had appeared again.
Mountain Pansy (Viola lutea)

I often see Monkey Flowers in this area but had never noticed
this massive stand of them by the weir.

 Hybrid Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus x luteus = M. x robertsii)

Other interesting finds;
A number of Narrow Leaved Ragwort which has very narrow leaves and purple tipped bracts

Narrow-leaved Ragwort (Senecio inaequidens)

Common Cudweed (Filago vulgaris) very small but all over the site

A large daisy with pointed toothed leaves

This large showy daisy is a garden escape with a superb Latin name

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)


  1. Some great rarities turning up at that site !

    The Senecio I've only found once - near Avocet Mills at Cromwell Bottom ! No-one locally could identify it and I sent it off to the British Museum.I looked up old records. It's one of the "wool aliens" brought in with raw wool. It's originally native of South Africa. HSS used to have trips out to textile mill tips to look for alien plants.

  2. I've often seen mention of plants on wool tips but didn't really understand.
    I found this at the site last year but often specimens at the site are not vigorous and hard to be sure of ID. It wasn't until I saw the one on the top of Soil Hill that I was able to make out distinctive features.