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January 1: Winter Plant Hunt

Monday 1 January 2018, Winter Plant Hunt in Brockwell Park, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at 11 a.m. at the clock tower, near Brockwell Hall.  Nearest mainline stations Herne Hill and Tulse Hill, numerous buses.  We shall be wandering around the Park to see how many wild plants are in flower on the first day of the year.  Similar events will be held elsewhere as part of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland’s seventh annual New Year Plant Hunt –

Organised jointly by the Friends of Brockwell Park and the South London Botanical Institute.  Free event, all welcome regardless of botanical knowledge; the more eyes the better!

Report:  About 15 people turned up and spent about 100 minutes wandering around the Park recording any wild and naturalized plants that were in flower.  31 species were recorded, many qualifying by having only one flower open; some of our participants had very sharp eyes.  13 plant families were recorded, with the Asteraceae having most (nine) species in flower, followed by the Brassicaceae with five species.  The most unexpected find was probably a tiny flowering plant of hemlock (Conium maculatum).

A fuller report has been produced for the January SLBI Gazette.

Photograph:  rather atypical ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, 1 January 2018.

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