Friday, 12 July 2019

Spotted dead-nettle (Lamium maculatum)



12 July 2019* Baildon Moor 

'Roseum' (leaves with a central silver stripe)


Spotted deadnettle, Lamium maculatum, is one of about 50 species in the type genus for the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to Europe, temperate western Asia and North Africa. The common name of “deadnettle” refers to the resemblance of the leaves to stinging nettles, but without the sting (therefore “dead”).

Spotted deadnettle blooms prolifically from late spring to early summer and continues sporadically into fall, attracting bees, especially bumblebees. The flowers occur in leafy heads (verticillasters) formed at nodes on the upper half to upper third of the stems and terminals, but not on all stems. Each inflorescence has 2-8 widely spaced pink to purple, or sometimes white, two-lipped flowers, up to ¾” long. The upper lips of the flowers are hood or helmet-shaped, like a roof over the stamens with their orange pollen, while the bisected lower lips are often whitish with purple dots (but vary by cultivar).


Heath Rush (Juncus squarrosus)


12 July 2019* Baildon Moor 

This species is distinctive in its basal rosette of tough, wiry leaves that spread horizontally outwards like a small sweeps brush. It often forms groups of rosettes from its short rhizomes. The leaves are deeply channelled. The stems stand 15 to 50 cm tall, stiffly erect bearing a narrow, unequally branched terminal inflorescence of close flower clusters.(link)




Purple Moor-grass - Molinia caerulea


12 July 2019* Baildon Moor 

A densely tufted perennial occupying acidic upland moist moors and wet heaths.




Biting Stonecrop (Sedum acre)

12 July 2019* Baildon Moor


Also known as 'Goldmoss' due to its dense, low-growing nature and yellow flowers, Biting Stonecrop can be seen on well-drained ground like sand dunes, shingle, grasslands, walls and pavements. (link)

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Common centaury (Centaurium erythraea)

9 July 2019* Stainburn Forest

This attractive and fairly common wild flower is a member of the Gentian family as can be seen by its opposite pairs of leaves and its erect inflorescences of star like flowers backed by a corolla tube. The five petals are bright pink that contrast with the butter yellow anthers which twist once they have lost their pollen. Common centaury is unlikely to be confused with any other British flower except for other, much rarer species of centaury. The most likely to be found is the least centaury which is more open in habit with more slender petals and leaves.(LINK)

Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata)



 9 July 2019* Stainburn Forest


An easily overlooked orchid, the Common Twayblade is yellow-green and less showy than other UK orchids. Look for it in woodlands and grasslands on chalky soils, in particular.




Perforate St John's-wort ( Hypericum perforatum)



7 July 2019* Stainburn Forest 


Perforate St John’s-wort or Common St John’s-wort as it is also known is a medium tall, hairless grassland perennial. In common with most species of St John’s-wort it has golden yellow flowers with black dots along the edge of the petals. The leaves when held up to the light show many translucent dots hence the common name of perforate St John’s-wort. (LINK)





Monday, 8 July 2019

Carnation sedge (Carex panicea)



8 July 2019* Scargill Reservoir


This plant reaches 10 to 60 cm and has short creeping rhizomes that bear small tufts of shoots. It is a very glaucous sedge with distinctive knobbly looking fruits.

Marshes and heath grassland.
(LINK)

Wheat.

8 July 2019*

Wheat is a grass widely cultivated for its seed, a cereal grain which is a worldwide staple food. The many species of wheat together make up the genus Triticum; the most widely grown is common wheat.


Red Poppies growing in the field


Hairy Tare ( vicia hirsuta)

8 July 2019* Eccup Reservoir

Hairy Tare - Vicia hirsuta Pod black, 6 to 11 mm 2 seeded and hairy, usually black. Similar Species. Smooth Tare is similar, but the two species can be separated with care. Smooth Tare flowers are larger and more purple in colour.




Rush to ID


8 July 2019 Scargill Reservoir 


Jointed Rush (Juncus articulatus ) or Sharp-flowered Rush (Juncus acutiflorus)




Round-leaved Sundew : Drosera rotundifolia


8 July 2019 Scargill Reservoir





Wood Sage (Teucrium scorodonia)




10/8/13 Lindley Woods Reservoir


12 July 2019 Fewston Reservoir
8 July 2019 Caring for Life , track
10/8/13 Lindley Woods Reservoir
Further reading
Dead- nettle family

12 July 2019 Fewston Reservoir 


8 July 2019 Caring for Life , track 



10/8/13 Lindley Woods Reservoir

10/8/13 Lindley Woods Reservoir

10/8/13 Lindley Woods Reservoir