Botanical records from the University of Reading Bioblitz last weekend currently being collated by Dr M, how many vascular plant species (native/naturalised) do you think are on the campus? Results coming soon…
Botanical records from the University of Reading Bioblitz last weekend currently being collated by Dr M, how many vascular native/naturalised species do you think are on the campus? Results coming soon…
As part of the University of Reading MSc Plant Diversity and MSc SISS students make a collection of lower plants (lichens, mosses and liverworts). Often the campus provides a useful source of material and this year is no exception! Amongst … Continue reading
A real favourite of mine, and a sure sign that spring is with us, is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa. Its pure white blossoms emerge before the leaves and so are set against the very dark, leafless, spiny twigs, surely one of nature’s … Continue reading
One of the first botanical signs of Spring is the aptly named Spring Whitlow Grass (Erophila verna) (except it is NOT a grass, not even remotely!). It’s a very common plant in urban habitats and there’s lots of it in … Continue reading
I came across this fine specimen of Clitocybe, part of a larger larger group, in the Wilderness one weekend before Christmas, and this species was very abundant on campus in 2011. Globally, there are hundreds of species of Clitocybe which are generally … Continue reading
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Lotus corniculatus, Common Bird’s-foot trefoil, mentioned in the ‘Peas in the Wilderness’ blog a few weeks ago, also goes by the evocative names Eggs and Bacon, Ham and Eggs, Tomb Thumb, Fingers and Thumbs, Granny’s Toenails, Dutchman’s Clogs etc. In … Continue reading
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A succession of white Umbellifers (Apiaceae) can be found on campus through the spring and summer and well into Autumn. The first to flower is that harbinger of spring Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) very obvious in April to June in … Continue reading