Sunday, 5 July 2015

Great Soft-rush at St Aidan's

I had a walk through St Aidan's (VC64) today, this is a large wetland nature reserve located on the site of a former open cast colliery. My trip luckily coincided with the Great Soft-rush (Juncus pallidus) in full bloom, allowing me to take some photos. I first found this species towards the end of last year when it was in fruit; outside the flowering season it might easily be overlooked as Common Club-rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris) as it is of comparable stature. It is a rare alien in the UK, where it is a long way from its native home of Southern Australia.

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