Today Peachysteve and I walked up the stream in one of the steep-sided cloughs in Henacre Wood at the Queensbury end of Shibden Valley.
We were looking to record the location of the Soft Shield Fern Laurence and I saw earlier in the year.
We missed the Soft Shield Fern but found a Hard Shield Fern on the other side
Collecting a specimen involved a bit of ‘extreme botanising’ from Peachysteve
Polystichum aculeatum, a specialist of damp wooded gorges.
The first I’ve seen and a nice one to add to the list
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.