Saturday, 9 July 2016

Day Trip to Lincolnshire

Today allowed a rare trip out of both the office and my home patch, with a trip to survey arable habitats near Scunthorpe. On paper the site did not look too promising and could easily have been a herbicide blasted monoculture (and to be fair much of it was), but first impressions can be deceiving and it soon threw up a range of species of interest. A few highlights below.

Corncockle (Agrostemma githago), surely not native but trying its best to give that impression.

The distinctive pods of Corncockle

A fine plant of Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

 Peony-flowered Opium Poppy (Paeoniflorum Group)

Rye Brome (Bromus secalinus) by the hundred in a wheat crop, not quite as far to seed as this photo by Kurt Stuber (Wikimedia Commons)

Young Giant Goosefoot (Chenopodium giganteum)?, while fat hen (Chenopodium album) can have the same pinky-purple staining these plants did not look quite right in leave shape and texture.

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