Flora (photo album 3) 

Cyclamen (Sowbread)

Cyclamen (Sowbread)

In dappled autumn sunlight in St Lawrence graveyard (both pink & white flowers). Image: Kerry O'Connor September 2020

Spindle (close up)

Spindle (close up)

Unspectacular tiny white flowers turn into attractive pink fruit capsules containing bright orange seeds. Image 3 of 3: Rosemary Winson 24 Aug 2020

Spindle tree (Euonymus europaea)

Spindle tree (Euonymus europaea)

In the past the spindle wood was used to make spindles for spinning and holding wool (hence its common name), also used for skewers, toothpicks, pegs, and knitting needles. Image 2 of 3: Rosemary Winson 24 Aug 2020

Gradidge Lane spindle trees

Gradidge Lane spindle trees

Spindle (Euonymus europaea) is a native deciduous tree, often an indicator of Ancient Woodland but these specimens were planted fairly recently. Image 1 of 3: Rosemary Winson 24 Aug 2020

Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods

Laetiporis sulphureus - between river and track from Mill Bridge to Avon Farm June 2020 Kerry O'Connor

Robin's Pincushion

Robin's Pincushion

Robin's Pincushion is chemically induced on the dog rose, Rosa canina, and contains many larvae, each wintering in its own chamber, of the Bedeguar Gall Wasp, Diplolepis rosae. The adults, 99% females, emerge in the spring. Stratford Nature Reserve, Sept 2019. Image: Kerry O'Connor

Redleg

Redleg

Redleg or Redshank, Persicaria maculosa, has red lower stems and dark chevrons on the leaves. By the footbridge over the Avon, Sept 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Knotgrass

Knotgrass

Knotgrass, Polygonum aviculare, is not grass. It is a weed but it is not knotweed. (Is that not clear?) Stratford Nature Reserve, Sept 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

White Bryony

White Bryony

White Bryony, Bryonia dioica, though related to the cucumber, is poisonous. The southern slopes of Old Sarum, Sept 2019. Image: Kerry O'Connor

London Plane (collage)

London Plane (collage)

The London plane, Platanus × acerifolia, is a non native hybrid and the commonest tree in London. Above ground it copes well with air pollution, below ground with root compaction and concreting over. The shade it offers and the beautifully patterned trunk left as older non-stretchy brown outer bark that scales off to reveal the greener stretchier inner bark, are bonuses. Verge by Avon Farm, Sept 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Ganoderma applanatum

Ganoderma applanatum

Ganoderma applanatum, along the boardwalk in Avon Valley Nature reserve. This rots the heartwood of trees and is known as the artist’s bracket as sepia images can be drawn on the white underside, scratching revealing the brown beneath. August 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Turnip, Brassica rapa

Turnip, Brassica rapa

Turnip, Brassica rapa, footpath to allotments, Aug 2019 . Turnips have been cultivated for 4000 years. Image: Kerry O'Connor

Bitter Vetchling Lathyrus linifolius

Bitter Vetchling Lathyrus linifolius

Bitter Vetchling, Lathyrus linifolius. Avon Valley Nature reserve Aug 2019. The tubers were eaten in Scotland before potatoes and are supposed to reduce hunger. It is related to the sweet pea. Image: Kerry O'Connor

Horse Mint, Mentha longiflolia

Horse Mint, Mentha longiflolia

Horse mint, Mentha longifolia, road to Little Durnford Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Fat Hen, Chenopodium album

Fat Hen, Chenopodium album

Fat Hen, Chenopodium album, footpath up to Devizes Road, Cathedral on horizon, Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Fleabane

Fleabane

Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica, Mill Lane, Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Dryad's saddle fungus

Dryad's saddle fungus

Common Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) inspecting a Dryad's saddle (Polyporus squamosus) fungus on western slopes of Old Sarum Aug 2019. Both are edible! Image: Kerry O'Connor

Shepherd's Purse and Pineapple weed

Shepherd's Purse and Pineapple weed

Shepherd's Purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris, with heart shaped seed pods and Pineapple weed, Matricaria discoidea, with yellow green flowers devoid of petals (crush and sniff to see why pineapple weed) near Avon Farm. Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Wild parsnip, Pastinaca sativa,

Wild parsnip, Pastinaca sativa,

Wild parsnip, Pastinaca sativa, eastern approach to Old Sarum. Aug 2019. Image: Kerry O'Connor

Vervain, Verbena officinalis,

Vervain, Verbena officinalis,

Vervain, Verbena officinalis, on Gradidge Lane Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Red Bartsia

Red Bartsia

The semi-parasitic Red Bartsia, Odontites vernus, near footbridge across the Avon Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, on eastern slopes of Old Sarum with cathedral spire on horizon, August 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Marsh Woundwort, Stachys palustris

Marsh Woundwort, Stachys palustris

Marsh Woundwort, Stachys palustris, on the village side of footbridge over Avon. Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Lesser Burdock, Arctium minus. (1)

Lesser Burdock, Arctium minus. (1)

Lesser Burdock, Arctium minus. With leaves like velvet (VELour), seeds with hooks (CROchets) it inspired a Swiss engineer to invent and name Velcro. Near Avon Farm. Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Coprinus cinereus, an ink cap

Coprinus cinereus, an ink cap

Coprinus cinereus, an ink cap that grows on dung. Pastures beneath Devizes Rd. Aug 2019. Inedible but even if it was edible, would you? Image: Kerry O'Connor

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Turnip, Brassica rapa

Turnip, Brassica rapa, footpath to allotments, Aug 2019 . Turnips have been cultivated for 4000 years. Image: Kerry O'Connor