Friday, August 09, 2013

Plants you don't see often

Early in the week I revisited Talybont reservoir to check some records and extend the area covered. It was a pleasant surprise therefore to find something new in a cleared area by the shore. Climbing Corydalis, Ceratocapnos claviculata isn't rare really but it also isn't something you see every day:
Then we had a good attendance for our Wildflower Society sponsored day at the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre. We had a good morning at the raised mire - Traeth Mawr nearby seeing several plants you don't see every day in Brecknockshire and three that grow only there in the county. 

This picture from Owen sums up a great day for botanists well:

And here are the plant pictures:
Few-flowered Spike-rush, Eleocharis quinqueflora
Great Fen-sedge, Cladium mariscus
Marsh Pennywort, Hydrocotyle vulgaris - flowers of this common plant which are not so often seen
We missed flowering of the Baldellia ranunculoides but even the fruits are photogenic
A reminder of the flower from an earlier blog post.
We spent the afternoon examining specimens under microscopes provided by Brecon Wildlife Trust and the Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) and confirming identifications using a range of books. 

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