Cyperus re-found and lost again

Galingale seen on 22/9/2014.

Galingale seen on 22/9/2014.

Galingale, Cyperus longus, was recorded as ‘status uncertain’ in The Flora of Whiteknights Park in 2011. It had been seen in the past by the lake and in the Harris Gardens – both places where it had been planted – but was not seen during David Le Grice’s 2009-2010 survey.

Galingale likes wet sites where it can keep it’s roots wet. It is known to self-seed in Britain. Recently it turned up in a very unexpected location at the base of a wall by the Harborne Building. Maybe it grew from seeds dropped there when old indoor plants were disposed of. It certainly didn’t stand much chance of surviving since the roots probably went into reasonably dry soil.

However the grounds team or the greenhouse team have got to it first. The whole area has been weeded and the two Galingale plants are gone. The most developed of them had buds but didn’t get as far as setting seed.

So the status of this species was known for a few days and now is unknown again. Are there still any plants by the lake or in the Harris Garden somewhere? Or will another seed germinate in some other unlikely spot?

Le Grice, D. & Jury, S. (2011) Flora of Whiteknights Park

Flowering plants are now recorded as a list on this blog and we have recently started noting dates the plants were last seen.

About Fay Newbery

PhD student in the Plant Pathology Research Group.
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