The perception is that grasses are green, yet this striking example of Reed Canary Grass shows the lovely red inflorescence in July. It is a grass that prefers damp or watery habitats and can grow very tall, 5 foot, with a stem that is stout and reed-like. It often grows side branches from the stem nodes as seen in the photo, or sometimes aerial roots as the stem leans towards the water.
I have never seen a Leech before, although they are reported to be common. This photo was taken at a shady muddy pond in Centre Vale woodland at Todmorden I fished out an old Beech husk that seemed to have moving legs and found 2 Leeches underneath. Only about 10mm long but it quickly extended its body when it saw me looking at it! On closer inspection the whole pond was teeming with them.
I have been out a lot yesterday and today. Here are a whole ton of things of interest.
Above we have Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris. It is a common plant along streams and brooks, as it enjoys wet soils. Bees also enjoys the very round umbrella-like flowers, hence the name of the type of flower, umbellifer.
Above, we have Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus. A common meadow plant it is a member of the pea family and also the foodplant of the Common Blue butterfly.
The above fern is Common Male Fern Dryopteris filix-mas.
Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa above, quite a peculiar plant.
The above is Sowbread, also known as Cyclamen hederifolium.
I do not know if this is Mugwort or Monks Hood, it was growing in a field.
Above, is Wild Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum.
Is this Common Knapweed or Greater Knapweed?
I was rather amazed to find this Scented Mayweed Matricaria chamomilla.
Then this is Feverfew Tanecetum parthenium.
Then finally to finish up, White Stonecrop Sedum album.