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This is Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens). Bees love these #wildflowers. The flowers are bright blue (plants don’t always read the text book as here the flowers look more purple). It is a bristly plant usually of 30 to 60 cm in height. You can find it in dark/shady habitats, woodlands or hedgerows. The best time to see it is from April to July ..
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Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a native plant and thought to be a good indicator of ancient woodlands in lowland England. It can be identified by its leaves in whorls of up to 8. Look out for the tiny spikes on the end of each leaf. Each flower is made up of 4 white petals which are arranged in a cross.
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How did BSBI become one of the world's largest contributors of #biologicalrecords? Thanks to 1000s of volunteer members recording #wildflowers over the decades bsbi.org/about-bsbi We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to every single one of our amazing volunteers! 🙏🏻🙌🏻 #volunteersweek #couldntdoitwithoutyou
This amazing plant is a Burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata). Fun fact of the day, the Latin name "ustulata" means burnt! Burnt-tip orchids are very rare and are listed as Endangered in The Vascular Plant Red Data List for England. As a result they were selected as one of the 50 species for the BSBI Threatened Plants Project which ran from 2008 to 2013. The aim of this project was to understand their distribution and ecology of these threatened species, that will help to explain their decline. Click on our bio for more info. Thank you to the wonderful Graham Goodfellow for these brilliant photos!
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'Thrift' also known as 'Sea-pink' or 'Cliff Clover' (Armeria maritima) can be found in coastal areas or inland marshes. The best time to see this plant flowering is from April to July, but can still be around till October. Thift can be identified by its rounded, pink, clover-like flowers that are on a long stem (up to 20cm tall)
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You might spot this tree - Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) flowering at the moment. The flowers provide a rich source of nectar and pollen for insects such as bees. The leaves provide food for the triangle moth and the horse chestnut leaf miner moth, which the blue tits feed on. It can be identified by its palmate leaves (the leaves look like a hand spread out) and it’s pink and white flowers. Photos by Ciara Sugrue and©️Christopher J. Dixon
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Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) is a low growing plant with bright blue flowers. A helpful identification tip is to see if there are two rows of white hairs, on opposite sides of the stem. Not only is it pretty, but Germander Speedwell is a great nectar source for solitary bees!
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Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) is plant of ancient woodlands and hedgerows. It has heart-shaped/oval, toothed leaves, and yellow “hooded” flowers that appear up the stem.
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Bugle (Ajuga reptans) is great for bumblebees 🐝 The best time to see this plant is between April and June in woodlands. Bugle can be identified by its purplish blue flowers and by it "creeping" habit. The latin name "reptans" is derived from "repto", meaning "creeping, crawling". Thank you @amy_jns_ for the photos!
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Red campion (Silene dioica) is a great source of food for moths, bees and butterflies. It can be identified by its rose red flowers with 5 petals. Each petal are deeply divided so it almost looks like there are 2 petals, but don’t let it trick you! The stem and leaves are hairy and leaves are in opposite pairs. Thanks @nicoletteformosa for the great photos!
Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is in the lily family (Amaryllidaceae) and it has a strong garlic smell -you can’t miss it! The leaves and flowers are edible. Wild garlic can be found in damp and acidic woodlands, which are near to streams and damp ditches
Have you booked yet for 2019's main botanical event for #Wales? Bookings closed officially yesterday but we have 4 spaces left so we're keeping the booking page open until today. Click on our bio for the link! .
P.S. The picture is of a green winged orchid (Anacamptis morio)