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The Joy of Botany

There is nothing better than the great outdoors for a day of vegetation surveying. Vegetation surveying can help track environmental change, and can form an integral part of the biodiversity assessment of a site. In addition, the surveyor can make predictions regarding … 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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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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