Monday, 6 June 2016

Garden Star-of-Bethlehem at Royds Green (VC63)

One of my regular walks threw up a surprise this Sunday, adding Garden Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum subsp. umbellatum) to my local list. It also seems to be a new hectad record and perhaps the first record of the subspecies for VC63.

I found a single small plant on a shaded road verge near the school at Royds Green, although other plants may be present in the woodland further back from the pavement. This subspecies has larger showier tepals than Star-of-Bethlehem (subsp. campestre), the form that is considered native in parts of Britain.

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