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I say, I say, I say! When is a lily not a lily? When it’s a Camassia, boom boom!

Camassia, variously known as Camas Lily, Quamash, Indian Hyacinth and Wild Hyacinth is a handsome lily-like plant native of North America and currently looking magnificent in the Harris Garden and elsewhere on campus.

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The Bioblitz has started

The first displays have now been set up in the Harborne Building foyer. Berkshire Reptile and Amphibian Group (BRAG), Berkshire Ornithological Club and Berks and South Bucks Bat Group are already in place. This is the beginning of a very … Continue reading

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Is the Ash tree at risk?

When walking around Whiteknights campus you will see numerous Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior), especially in the woodland of the Wilderness. These members of the Olive family (Oleaceae) are easily recognised by their toothed pinnate leaves and grey fissured bark. Many people … Continue reading

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In a Bind with Convolvulaceae

The Convolvulaceae family is the bindweed family, also known as morning glory as many species bloom in the early morning. Most of the species in this family are creepers or climbers and the flowers are easily spotted from a distance due to … Continue reading

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Broad-leaved Dock:The plant with it’s own robot

  Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius), a widely-distributed member of the Polygonaceae, occurs in the grasslands and The Wilderness area of campus. Alternative names include bitter dock, due to the leaf taste, and butter dock, as it was formerly used to … Continue reading

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Red Campion, Fairies and Snakes

  Greek methodology tells that the aged and merry God of the woodlands Silenus gave his name to the Red campion, Silene dioica, which blooms on campus in the wilderness and in shaded areas by the lower lake. This attractive … Continue reading

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Hard and Soft Rushes

Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) and Hard Rush (Juncus inflexus) are perennial rushes that  grow in damp grassland, marshes and ditches and so can be found  near Whightknights Lake.  Unlike J. inflexus, J. effusus avoids base rich soils but can grow in … Continue reading

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Beautifully Bizarre Bee Orchids

Recently rediscovered on campus, sprouting through building works, the fabulously exotic flowers of Ophrys apifera conjure up images of sun-bathing pink-winged bumblebees on a stalk. Also known as the bee orchid, it is a member of the family Orchidaceae. Appearing … Continue reading

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Is it a Tweet? Is it a Blog? No its a Bird’s-foot trefoil…but which one?

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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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