A weekend in Sussex woodland
At the end of July Mike and I took Ethel the camper van to the other side of Sussex to visit friends.
It was very wet underfoot but we managed not to get rained on!
Flora of Guestling Wood
Blue Star Creeper – Pratia pedunculata
I have never seen this Pratia before and had to do an image search to find it but I’m confident in the ID 🙂
Hogweed florets – Heracleum sphondylium
The large hogweed plants were growing on the edge of the woods and were really pretty.
Enchanters Nightshade – Circaea lutetiana
Another one new to me. Apparently it is common.
St Johns Wort – Hypericum
This is not Perforate St Johns Wort, but I don’t know what it is as there are so many to choose from. It was inside the woods rather than on the edge, and the long slender stems seemed to trail. *2022 update at bottom of page!
Campion – Silene
I’m not entirely sure what type of Campion these seed heads belong to but they’re very decorative.
In other woods
Broad-leaved Helleborine orchid – Epipactis helleborine
There are a lot of trees in this part of East Sussex! This Helleborine was growing right next to the footpath.
Skullcap – Scutellaria galericulata
This Skullcap was growing out from the cover of the trees and onto our campervan pitch.
Timothy grass – Phleum pratense
I don’t usually try to ID grasses but this one jumped out at me. We were walking through a hay field when we saw this Timothy, and I recognised the grass from our dried flowers shop daisyshop.co.uk. It is grown as a feed but is also popular dyed in bright colours for floristry.
White Clover – Trifoliumm repens
While Mike and I sat in some shorter grass to eat our lunch, it dawned on me that I hadn’t any decent pics of White Clover. Conveniently I didn’t even have to stand up to take this!
*2022 Update about Hypericums – I have just received my Wild Flower Society Magazine for Autumn 2022 and it contains a handy pull-out ID sheet for UK St John’s-worts by Peter G. Leonard. It mentions Hypericum humifusum which seems a likely candidate. Read more on my St John’s-wort page.