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Plants in the Wild: Lundy/Braunton Burrows, early July 2010

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oh we do like to be beside the seaside

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Contribution from Kate Price 07 August 2010, 19:12top / bottom of page

In the 'wet slacks' of the dunes, carpets of Anagallis tenella and Epipactis palustris, while the edges of the ponds were dotted with the livid green discs of Hydrocotyl vulgaris

Epipactis palustris

Further up the sand dune slopes, short turf kept in check by colonies of Rhinanthus minor (below)...

... and Parentucellia viscosa (Yellow Bartsia)

And another gorgeous little hemi-parasite, Euphrasia confusa

Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Listera ovata

Anacamptis pyramidalis

I'll make a stab at Gymnadenia conopsea (please correct me...)

Gymnadenia conopsea

and in all sorts of places, and at varying heights, great quantities of this charming Centaurium erythraea

Oops, just realised, this should be early JULY 2010 - apologies

On top of the dunes, amongst the Marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) that holds it all together, a surprising clump of Iris foetidissima

Oops, just realised, this should be early JULY 201
2 queasy hours away by boat from Bideford quay, the wonderful isle of Lundy

We went to see the crazy colonies of Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet - and were also lucky enough to see a pair of Water Rail and their six 'peep'ing offspring - but the flora was unexpectedly diverse too on this lump of rock ten miles off the north Devon coast.

 

First, the Armeria maritima was still in flower on the western cliffs

2 queasy hours away by boat from Bideford quay, th

Centaurium erythraea again

A western cliff-top seep area, full of Hypericum elodes

Hypericum elodes, about to flower

Some fine examples of natural crevice planting! First, Sedum anglicum (I think)

Spergularia rupicola...

and here again, in close up

In a shady, fern-filled gully, Umbilicus rupestris

Finally, on the south-east corner of the island, near the ferry dock, Anthyllis vulneraria, just going over.


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