Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wood horsetail and a few flowering grasses

I've never seen this before, this is a fertile stem of wood horsetail Equisetum sylvaticum in the Peninnes today. Quite a bizarre and prehistoric looking plant, the horsetails are related to ferns.

It's the time of year when grasses start to flower, as hayfever sufferers including myself know all too well. It's easy to dismiss grass flowers when compared to other vascular plants, but actually on close inspection they can be quite beautiful, as is this sweet vernal-grass Anthoxanthum odoratum.It's even got a pleasant scent, smelling mildly of vanilla.

This is Timothy Phleum pratense.

Sheep's fescue Festuca ovina.

Even ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata looks nice at this time of year. Nature's sparkler, the white rays move up the flower and then go out!

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