As part of my time volunteering at the University Herbarium, I will be attempting to document some of the species on campus, in order to update the WB blog species list. To start me off, as I am as yet just a tenderfoot, I will be working through some of the more simple species before I set off into the great unknown.
Here follows a selection of some of the species found today on a walk through The Wilderness.
The Rubus fruticosus agg. (Blackberry) was found with no fruit but full leaves with little evidence of infection. Stellaria media (Chickweed) had fruit on some individual plants. Cyclamen hederifolium (Ivy-leaved Cyclamen or Sowbread) had dense leafy growth, but has passed its time for flowering. Ilex aquifolium (Holly) had fruit on it, as did Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Rosa canina (Dog Rose) and Euonymous europaeus (Spindle). Lapsana communis (Nipplewort) had few flowers. Corylus avellana (Hazel) and Alnus glutinosa (Alder) showed few signs of senescence (colouring of autumn foliage).
That’s the first 20 plants – only 580 still to find.