Monthly Archives: October 2011

Diversity within a plant family – Fabaceae

The Fabaceae (pea family) is the third largest family worldwide¹. Fabaceae are recognised from their distinct flower of one large top petal or standard, two wing petals and two keel petals, the leaves are alternate and trifoliate, palmate or pinnate with stipules and … Continue reading

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Mulberries on Campus

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We have no native members of the Moraceae in the UK, but a couple of species have been planted fairly widely, one the fig (Ficus carica), and the other the black mulberry, Morus nigra. The black mulberry has a murky … Continue reading

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A flat backed millipede

I found the adult and juvenile millipede under a damp oak log.  I assume they are one of the British Polydesmus species.  The larger one is about 2cm long. Like this:Like Loading…

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Thistle gall: what is it?

Wending my way to the Earley Gate on the evening of Thu. 13th, I found a small plant of Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) in grassland with Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum) not far from the Psychology building. What caught my eye … Continue reading

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Galls on Campus 6: Sources

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I cannot believe that it has been over a month since I posted anything on campus galls here.  It has not been entirely due to slacking, rather in the past month I have been gathering gall data and images from campus … Continue reading

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