Cornish Flora

I am guessing this will be the penultimate entry from last weeks visit to the West Country.  This time not birds but flowers. I got quite into wild flowers whilst based down the Falkland Islands for six months back in 2006. The enthusiasm of Alan Henry and Robin Woods rubbing off on myself and Mark who was there with me. I am trying to improve my knowledge of British wild fowers but I am far from the finished article. To that length I have attempted to name the flowers below where I can. Please let me know if I have got it wrong.Armeria maritimus, Thrift or Sea Pink.

Thrift has to be one of everyones favourites, extensive mats of this plant carpet the cornish cliffs from spring into summer.Silene maritma, Sea Campion with attendant Bumble Bee

Sea Campion as like Thrift grew is large clumps often interlinking with one another. Nice to see so many Bumble Bees on the wing in the southwest.Not sure about this one but I will make a stab at Kidney Vetch, so named as it was thought to be a cure for illnesses relating to the kidneys in the middle ages. The Readers Digest book of British Wildflowrs is a powerhouse of information.Blackthorn with Bumble Bee……Ok not really a flower.Another one I am not 100% with but I am opting for Jasione montana, Sheep’s-bit. A stunning flower coming out of the longer gress nearby.Again I am not sure but Common Mouse-ear is the nearest I can find that flowers in April. Like I said please comment if you think I have mis-identified any of them.

Steve Copsey

4 thoughts on “Cornish Flora

  1. Flowers
    I think Orchids are Slashers department.

    By the way I like Gypsy Cove in the tourist season. They have a cafe/old coach and toilets………and penguins!!!

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    Not sure they are my department but we will definately be trying to put on as many orchids and butterflies on the blog as we can.

    We want the same from you, how about a picture of the West Falkland Blue !!!

  3. brilliant pictures the last one looks like the Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea ) to me,if thats any help

    Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

    A short or taller (up to 50 cm) creeping perennial. The stems are square and smooth and can be much branched. The stems break off easily and are also able to root. The un-stalked leaves are narrow and pointed at the end and hairy at the base. The small star-like flowers (12 mm) can form clusters of 10 or more. The pollination is mostly carried out by flies.

    Lesser Stitchwort occurs throughout Britain in woods, scrub, heathland, tall grassland, hedges, etc. Generally it grows on sandy, light or well-drained soil.

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