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Whiteknights Flower Rich Campus

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Victoria Wickens from the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER) has kindly provided a series of photos taken on campus over the summer.

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Welcome week MSc Plant Diversity plant ID quiz

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To help the new MSc Plant Diversity students settle in, and to provide us with a baseline against which we can tailor our teaching, the annual plant ID quiz is now running.  For each of 18 samples the students were … Continue reading

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Fagaceae – A significant presence in Whiteknights

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The Whiteknights tree collection is famous for its Fagaceae!  For example, in his twelve favourite Whiteknights trees, University of Reading’s tree expert Mr Rupert Taylor included 6 Fagaceae: 5 Quercus robur and 1 Castanea sativa (BBC, 2008). Three important genera of the Fagaceae in … Continue reading

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Mysterious Maples

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As you walk around the Whiteknights campus you can find at least twenty two species of maples, in the genus Acer (family Sapindaceae). They can be identified by their helicopter-like fruits, opposite branching, and mostly 5-lobed palmately veined leaves (Photos 1-3). There … Continue reading

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Which Vanessa?

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Two butterflies, the Red Admiral (Vanessa atlanta) and the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), are both migrants to the UK from their breeding grounds in Europe, and in the case of the Painted Lady, North Africa and Arabia. Both species can … Continue reading

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Violaceae – The Violet Family

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  When you think of a pansy, you likely think of a pretty ornamental flower found in many gardens and garden centres, probably with a distinctive ‘face’ pattern adding to their charm.  Its name in fact comes from the French … Continue reading

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Achilles and his fake carrot

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) flowers June – November so its blooms still brighten campus grasslands. Typically of the Asteraceae,  Yarrow `flowers’ are clusters of tube-florets surrounded by 5 ray-florets masquerading as petals. These capitula gather further  into dense heads, or corymbs, … Continue reading

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