Through the Looking-Glass

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Sunday 11 July 2010 19:41

I went back to the poppy field at Devils Dyke today with Oli and finally got as far as the far side of the field, via the Dwarf Spurge and Venus's Looking-glass. That is about as far as I can walk at the moment but it was good to get out of the house. I saw one plant new to me, Narrow-fruited Cornsalad. The top photo is the fruit, the shape of which separates it from the other cornsalads. The bottom photo shows the flower head. This species looks nothing like Common Cornsalad, it has a totally different jizz with a much less congested head and long spindly branching stems with much whiter flowers. I thought at first it was going to be one of the two small umbellifers, Stone or Corn Parsley. This species is listed as Endangered. I did see some Fool's Parsley nearby.

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