Friday, March 15, 2019

A walk around Sennybridge

Probably our best find on a windy but pleasant day was this growing in a steep hedge bank in quite some abundance near Sennybridge.
Picture: Arlene Jones
Black Spleenwort, Duegredynen goesddu or Asplenium adiantum-nigrum

It was a good location to select in the conditions with most places we went being quite sheltered.

We found a patch of Butterbur by the Usk - flowering already in a location that would have been under water the previous day (I was there and saw the level).
Butterbur, Alan mawr or Petasites hybridus

It's an interesting species that apparently really was used to wrap butter in the past (they grow to be huge). But there are doubts about its status as a native. "Perhaps native only where both sexes occur" (as it says in Stace). But then the means of distribution - even if vegetative via lorry tires - surely isn't significant? (The plants we have are all male.)

Always a pleasure to see:
Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage Eglyn cyferbynddail or Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

As is this:
Moschatel, Mwsglys or Adoxa moschatellina 

An old pack-horse bridge, widened in 2002.

And me looking for Anemones.
Picture: Arlene Jones

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