Category Archives: Flowering Plants

Posts about flowering plants grwoing on Whiteknights campus

Bees in the grass

Every one loves bees these days and pretty much everyone loves bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) too! The University of Reading campus is no exception and there is a small population flourishing in purposefully unmown grass opposite the Hopkins Building and … Continue reading

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Slender speedwell

Like the Common field speedwell (Veronica persica), the Slender speedwell (Veronica filiformis) has relatively large bright, blue and white flowers, each held at the end of a long stalk, well clear of the leaves. The Slender speedwell can occur on bare patches … Continue reading

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Common field speedwell

True to its name, this is one of the most common speedwells on campus. It is certainly much more common than the other field speedwells. The common field speedwell (Veronica persica) turns up on wasteground and disturbed ground amongst other … Continue reading

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Speedwells – well represented on University land!

Speedwells have small blue (occasionally white, lilac or pink) flowers, either occurring as single flowers or in a spike. There are 20 native species of Speedwell (Veronica) in Britain. A surprisingly large number can be found on campus, with even more … Continue reading

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Prunus on campus – at least the naturalised ones!

This is a great time of year to admire the Prunus species on campus. Not only are the ornamental cherries wow-ing us with their blossoms but the naturalised species are also in flower.   Parts of the wilderness are dominated by … Continue reading

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Bright gold – or tenacious weed?

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale agg.) get a variable press in Britain. They are, arguably, beautiful flowers (actually groups of tiny flowers as Dandelions are a member of the Asteraceae family) but my sister wages war on the species as her most hated … Continue reading

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The Joy of Botany

There is nothing better than the great outdoors for a day of vegetation surveying. Vegetation surveying can help track environmental change, and can form an integral part of the biodiversity assessment of a site. In addition, the surveyor can make predictions regarding … Continue reading

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