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Plant-lore Archive: December 2015

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December was a relatively successful month.  An enquiry about local names for rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) early in the month resulted in many interesting responses from the Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland Facebook Group, and a similar query regarding yellow corydalis (Pseudofumaria lutea) to the same Group attracted more interesting replies.  The latter have not yet been processed, but they confirm that rosebay willowherb has far more local names than yellow corydalis.

It’s interesting that both enquiries resulted in the collection of a number of names which have not previously recorded and one wonders how many unrecorded names exist.  Despite the assumption that names of wildflowers are becoming standardised it’s clear that many local names are still remembered, or possibly still being invented.

040The Archive now contains 7133 items from 1860 contributors; up from 6937 items from 1759 contributors at the end of 2014.  3986 searches of the website were made during the month (up from 3557 in December 2014).

Glastonbury, Somerset, was visited and the Cutting of the Thorn ceremony observed on 16 December.

Progress on finding a publisher for A Folk Flora has been disappointingly slow.  One minor publication was produced:

Vickery, R.,  By Jove’s Beard:  Houseleek in folk medicine, The Bedside [Wandsworth Society December newsletter] 2015: 34-5.

Image:  Mayor of Glastonbury at the Cutting of the Thorn ceremony, 16 December 2015.

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