"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Some late flowers

Probably some of the last new plants to be found in flower this year.  Three of them presented some difficulty in identification and one has been in bud for weeks but has only decided to flower in the last couple of days.
A patch of Michaelmas Daisy has been growing alongside the gravel road at Holme Dunes for at least 3 years. After using a number of different keys it has been identified as Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy Aster lanceolatus, an introduction from North America.
Two Bur-marigolds have appeared on the reserve.  A large patch of Nodding Bur-marigold Bidens cernua on the grazing marsh south of the River Hun, and a single small plant of Trifid Bur-marigold Bidens tripartita near the Visitors' Centre.
We have been waiting for the Sea Wormwood Artemisia maritima to flower for several weeks. It grows at various locations on the edge of saltmarshes on the reserve. In the recently published Vascular Plant Red List it is listed as "Near Threatened".

Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy Aster lanceolata

Nodding Bur-marigold Bidens cernua

Trifid Bur-marigold Bidens tripartita
Sea Wormwood Artemisia maritima

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