Thursday, 16 July 2015

Field Gromwell?

After yesterday's success with the Venus's Looking Glass on Epsom Downs/Langley Vale I went back to take a closer look at the field corner in which it was present, and was glad that I did. I reckon that this is Field Gromwell (Lithospermum arvense), another declining arable species. It has clean white flowers and does not exhibit nerves on either side of the leaf - is this enough to eliminate Common Gromwell? I've seen the latter species but not the former. If anybody out there has an opinion, please share it! (Postscript: Ann Sankey, the Surrey botanical recorder, has agreed with the identification. I have also received thumbs-up from Peter Wakeham, John Peacock and Derek Faulkner. Thanks to them all for their input.)





3 comments:

  1. Steve,
    Comparing your photos with those in my flower book, I'd say your ID was correct but more comments would be nice.

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  2. Hi Steve

    I would say you are bang-on! I like the pictures by the way. Knotted Pearlwort is out both on Park and Banstead Downs!

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  3. Thank you both for your input. I'm pretty happy with it now. My next trip needs to be Park Downs for Knotted Pearlwort!

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