Wildflowers on a nature walk
A week after counting Moon Carrots on Seaford Head I was back up there with Seaford Natural History Society on a nature walk lead by Sussex Wildlife Trust.
As for the last few posts, I have marked any chalk grassland indicator species with an L. I didn’t photograph last weeks ones again and this is not a comprehensive list!
Wildflowers in chalk in short grass
Autumn gentian – Gentianella amarella
Clustered Bellflower – Campanula glomerata
The white form in amongst the usual purple.
Dropwort – Filipendula vulgaris
This reminds me of cherry blossom in the spring! See also the Devils bit Scabious Succisa pratensis behind. LL
Moon Carrot – Seseli libanotis
While I was in the area I revisited the Moon Carrot near the cliffs because I realised a photo of the stem might be useful as it is strongly ridged, making it handy for ID. You can also see the long calyx teeth (the long pointy bits under each flower cluster).
Flowers in more sheltered longer grass
In Hope Bottom – away from the exposed cliffs.
Weld – Reseda luteola
These fun-looking yellow spikes were growing in amongst a patch of Wild Basil Clinopodium vulgare which is a chalk grassland indicator species. L
Ploughman’s spikenard – Inula conyzae
This plant was pointed out by Janice, one of the experienced amateur botanists from Seaford Natural History Society. According to BRC, Ploughman’s Spikenard is a common native in the South of England. It is in the Daisy family with an interesting flower formation in that the ray-florets (petals) are missing.
Common Toadflax – Linaria vulgaris
Back in shorter grass by the golf course
Squinancywort – Asperula cynanchica
Tiny and pale pink. L
Autumn Lady’s Tresses orchid – Spiranthes spiralis
This orchid was new to me. L
There were also many chalk indicator species in Cradle Valley Seaford in July