Close to Tenterfields in the canal are stands of Reed Sweet-grass
which are also home to a variety of other plants.
Reed Sweet-grass (Glyceria Maxima)
Glyceria refers to the sweet tasting grains
A tall grass with a large inflorescence
Standing tall in the grass is Great (or Hairy) Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum)
Large flowers with four notched petals and four lobed stigma
There is also plenty of Himalayan Balsmam (Impatiens glandulifera)
So called because the pod can’t wait to shoot its seed.
We’ve all seen enough of that.
Hidden among it there is some Gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus)
Branched with distinctive jagged leaves and flowers in whorls
Also making it above the bank is Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)
With its pairs of trumpet like flowers
Further away from the bank you can see
Whorled Mint (Mentha arvensis x aquatica = M. x verticillata)
a hybrid of Water and Corn Mint
Differing from Water Mint in the lack of a terminal inflorescence
and having long pointed calyx teeth
A few Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris) line the bank
Stachys refers to the spike of flowers
Palustris the water loving habit
Differing from Hedge Woundwort by its long narrow leaves
and paler pink/purple flowers
Creeping among these other plants
Bittersweet or Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
 With its purple and yellow flowers and red berries
Growing right at the base is Water Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides)
Scorpioides refers to the coiled shape of the flowering stem
Like a scorpion’s tail
Calyx tube divided less than halfway
And on the other side of the canal a Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
practises yoga balancing techniques