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

Thursday, 26 October 2017

New plant for the patch?

Walking through the pines at Holme Dunes today I found 4 plants of a Mullein.   They were growing at the eastern end of the pines just to the north of the path, where the dead pines had been cut down.  The plants show characteristics of Moth Mullein Verbascum blattaria and of Twiggy Mullein Verbascum virgatum. I think I will have to return to look at the distribution of simple stalked glandular hairs.

This photo shows the single flower in each bract and also the globular capsule fruits.
This photo shows the 2 decurrent-fixed anthers and the 3 transverse-fixed anthers and the stamens with purple hairs, but it also shows that the pedicels are shorter than the sepals.

This photo shows the dark shiny green, toothed leaves.  The lower leaves are narrowed to the base and the upper leaves are stalkless and cordate at base.


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