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Plants - Wildflowers 3
This is one of the most common members of the pea family.

Plants - Wildflowers 3

If all the hundreds or thousands of seeds or fruits produced by a plant fell directly underneath it and began to germinate, what would be the consequences? The soil would not be able to feed even a small proportion of the germinating seeds. Nature, however, has prevented such a situation via the shape/lightness of the seed, insects and of course the wind.

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1.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/notjake13/
Sheep's Sorrel
Coltsfoot
Scarlet Pimpernel
Aaron's Rod
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Genus: Rumex
  • Species: R. acetosella
  • This plant is a good indicator of poor, sandy, acid soils.
  • It needs plenty of light to thrive well.
  • Has an extensive root system that forms numerous buds, giving rise to new plants.
2.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Fredrik Lähnn at Wikipedia
Great Hairy Willow-herb
Meadow Vetchling
Birdsfoot-trefoil
Wood Anemone
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Lotus
  • One of the most common members of the pea family.
  • A profusely blooming double-flowered form is sometimes cultivated in gardens.
  • A good fodder plant both for cutting and grazing.
3.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of carol
Dwarf Mallow
Bladder Campion
Shepherd's Purse
Spurge
  • Order: Malvales
  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Genus: Malva
  • Species: M. neglecta
  • The fruits of this plant are colloquially known as 'cheeses'.
  • A useful herb, it contains a substance said to heal inflammations of the stomach and intestine.
  • It particularly likes soils rich in nitrogen.
4.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Jeffdelonge
Toadflax
Ox-eye Daisy
Great Hairy Willow-herb
Wood Anemone
  • Order: Myrtales
  • Family: Onagraceae
  • Genus: Epilobium
  • Species: E. hirsutum
  • Often forms colonies along banks of rivers, streams, canals and ponds.
  • Prefers calcareous soils and its flowers produce a large quantity of nectar.
  • In Ancient Greece, its roots were said to have the power to tame any wild animal.
5.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of www.imagines-plantarum.de/
Sweep's Brush
Harebell
St John's wort
Ragged Robin
  • Order: Poales
  • Family: Juncaceae
  • Genus: Luzula
  • Species: L. campestris
  • Also known as Field Woodrush.
  • It is a member of the Rush family.
  • It flowers on grassy, lowland slopes and mountain sides in early Spring.
6.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Jasper33
Kingcup
Toadflax
Wild Mustard
Cowslip
  • Order: Ranunculales
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Genus: Caltha
  • Species: C. palustris
  • A moist-loving plant which can be seen in spring and autumn, given favourable weather conditions.
  • Its juice has a sharp taste and is avoided by cattle.
  • In olden days, unopened flower-buds preserved in vinegar were a replacement of capers.
7.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Sannse
Yarrow
Field Bindweed
Birdsfoot-trefoil
Meadow Vetchling
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Lathyrus
  • Species: L. pratensis
  • The stems of this plant can grow up to 120 cms, provided they have a firm support to which they can cling with their tendrils.
  • Infusions made from stems and leaves can sooth coughs and chronic bronchitis.
8.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Walter Siegmund
Heather
Germander Speedwell
Harebell
Cornflower
  • Order: Asterales
  • Family: Campanulaceae
  • Genus: Campanula
  • Species: C. rotundifolia
  • Grows most often on rocks, in pastures and at the edges of forests.
  • Is occasionally found with white flowers.
  • A strong wind can flick the seeds several metres away from the mother plant.
9.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of Aqwis
Cornflower
Kingcup
Spurge
Heather
  • Order: Ericales
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Genus: Calluna
  • Species: C. vulgaris
  • Grows in pine and oak forests on acid soils, in old peat bogs and on moorlands.
  • Its roots live in association with certain species of fungi, without which it is unable to function.
10.
Can you identify this wildflower?
Photograph courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/kazandrew/
Water Forget-me-not
Ground Elder
Lady's Smock
Mouse-ear Hawkweed
  • Order: Apiales
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Genus: Aegopodium
  • Species: A. podagraria
  • Its odour attracts insects, especially bees.
  • Fresh, young leaves can be used in salads or cooked like spinach.
  • A form with variegated leaves is occasionally deliberately grown in gardens.

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