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‘Folk Flora’ update

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Good progress is being made with the writing of A Folk Flora with drafts of almost 40 species accounts being completed.  These include:

BRABL 002Adder’s tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum), African marigold (Tagetes erecta), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), alder (Alnus glutinosa), alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus), alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum), alpine meadow-rue (Thalictrum alpinum), amphibious bistort (Persicaria amphibia), annual knawel (Scleranthus annuus), antirrhinum (Antirrhinum majus), apple (Malus pumila), arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), aubergine (Solanum melongena), beech (Fagus sylvatica), beetroot (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris cv.),  Bermuda buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae), bindweed (Calystegia spp.), bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), biting stonecrop (Sedum acre), bitter vetch (Lathyrus linifolius), bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata), box (Buxux sempervirens), bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), broad bean (Vicia faba), broom (Cytisus scoparius), Devon whitebeam (Sorbus devoniensis), dodder (Cuscuta epithymum), dyer’s greenweed (Genista tinctoria), elecampane (Inula helenium), hedge veronica (Hebe franciscana), maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), quaking grass (Briza media), red valerian (Centranthus ruber), Scots lovage (Ligusticum scoticum) and water figwort (Scrophularia auriculata).

Anyone who would like to see and comment on any of these is invited to contact

Image: fruiting bramble, Elmfield Road, Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth, August 2016; the draft account of this species runs to almost 2,600 words, lists 61 local names, and concludes with 41 notes, more than half of which relate to original information in Plant-lore Archive.

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