Category Archives: Flowering Plants

Posts about flowering plants grwoing on Whiteknights campus

You can’t keep a good plant down

It always amazes me how strong plants can be when they have a huge store of food underground to draw upon. American skunk-cabbage (Lyischiton americanus) produces vivid yellow spathes behind the cylindrical spike of its rather small and insignificant flowers. … Continue reading

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Pollination: by wind or insect?

In many plant genera the same pollination method (or combination of methods) is found in every species. Not so in Acer. The vast majority of Acer species are insect pollinated. The flowers are strongly scented due to the presence of large amounts … Continue reading

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Smothered in white

White blister rust is a disease that is mis-named as it is not actually caused by a rust fungus. The perpetrator is an oomycete. This group have traditionally been included in the fungi and have long been studied by mycologists … Continue reading

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Loddon Lily in the Wilderness

  A single plant of Leucojum aestivum ssp aestivum is flowering near the wooden bridge in the Wilderness. This is the subspecies that is known as the Loddon Lily. Most garden plants belong to ssp pulchellum. It’s on the bank where alder trees … Continue reading

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Orange pustules 2

Most fungi prefer warm and moist conditions so it’s not surprising that fungal pathogens are harder to find on plants in winter. A pathogen that is common on campus at the moment is Puccinia malvacearum, the Hollyhock Rust. This occurs … Continue reading

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Dr M and his students go on a New Year Plant Hunt!

Dr M’s New Year Plant Hunt (borrowed from the idea by BSBI) took place on Tuesday 14th January 2014. Three groups of MSc Plant Diversity and MSc SISS students walked the University of Reading Whiteknights campus for 1 hour each in the chilly sunshine … Continue reading

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Powdery mildew phenology; it will be back!

Over the next few months I will be bringing you up to speed with the, increasingly specific, workings of powdery mildews (PMs) (Erysiphales) present on the University of Reading, Whiteknights, campus during the past year. Records and sitings on campus … Continue reading

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