Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Appleton Reservoir, Warrington

Water rail 1 where the stream enters the reservoir at the southern end
Swallow 1
Willow warbler 1 singing
Chiffchaff 4 singing

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium. Not a true saxifrage, the English name always seems a little odd to me, since saxifrage litterally means "rock-splitter" yet this plant is not an alpine and certainly not a rock-splitter, growing in marshy places in the lowlands! Still, it's not the first dodgy English name (or latin name for that matter!). Notice that the latin name is C. oppositifolium. The purple saxifrage which I saw yesterday is Saxifraga oppisitifolia, in otherwords purple saxifrage is the true "opposite-leaved" saxifrage!

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