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GARDEN PLANT LIST
(Many thanks to Richard Burkmar for his hardwork in compiling this list whilst on holiday!)


Vascular plant species list for La Belle Vilaine August 2007

I made this plant list between 11 th and 17 th August 2007 whilst staying in one of the holiday gites. Determinations were made with the aid of the following texts:

Rose, F & O'Reilly, C. 2006. The Wild Flower Key (revised edition). Frederick Warne Books, London .

Stace, C. A. 1999. Field Flora of the British Isles . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge .

The geographic area considered by both of these books is limited to the British Isles and they were therefore not ideally suited to the task in hand. Nevertheless, most determinations were made with confidence. Where I had serious reservations about a determination, I have indicated so below.

The entire grounds of La Belle Vilaine holiday gites were included in the survey including the hedges behind the gardens and the planted bank in front of the property. Meadow plants that were sown by Elaine and Paul in their garden have not been included.

The list is interesting because it includes a number of plants that are uncommon or rare in the UK . No doubt searches carried out in other seasons, particularly spring, would extend the list considerably.

Taxon

Vernacular

Comment

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow

 

Agrostis capillaris

Common Bent

 

Anagallis arvensis

Scarlet Pimpernel

 

Arrhenatherum elatius

False Oat-Grass

 

Atriplex littoralis

Grass-leaved Orache

Identification not certain.

Bellis perennis

Daisy

 

Bromus hordeaceus

Soft-brome

 

Calystegia sepium

Hedge Bindweed

 

Castanea sativa

Sweet Chestnut

 

Centaurea nigra

Common Knapweed

 

Cerastium fontanum

Common Mouse-ear

 

Chenopodium album agg.

Fat-hen

 

Cirsium vulgare

Spear Thistle

 

Conyza canadensis

Canadian Fleabane

 

Crepis capillaris

Smooth Hawk's-beard

 

Cytisus scoparius

Broom

 

Dactylis glomerata

Cock's-foot

 

Daucus carota

Carrot

 

Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove

 

Euonymus europaeus

Spindle

 

Fallopia convolvulus

Black-bindweed

 

Festuca rubra agg.

Red Fescue

 

Fraxinus excelsior

Ash

 

Galium aparine

Cleavers

 

Geranium dissectum

Cut-leaved Crane's-bill

 

Hedera helix

Common Ivy

 

Holcus lanatus

Yorkshire-fog

 

Holcus mollis

Creeping Soft-grass

 

Hypericum humifusum

Trailing St John's-wort

 

Hypochaeris glabra

Smooth Cat's-ear

In gravel in front of Gîtes amongst Hypochaeris radicata.

Hypochaeris radicata

Cat's-ear

 

Ilex aquifolium

Holly

 

Lactuca virosa

Great Lettuce

 

Leontodon autumnalis

Autumn Hawkbit

 

Linaria repens

Pale Toadflax

Some features did not match description in text. Possibly a species or variety not found in Britain .

Lolium perenne

Perennial Rye-grass

 

Lotus angustissimus

Slender Bird's-foot-trefoil

In lawn near front gate.

Lotus corniculatus

Common Bird's-foot-trefoil

 

Lotus pedunculatus

Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil

 

Matricaria recutita

Scented Mayweed

 

Medicago lupulina

Black Medick

 

Oxalis corniculata

Procumbent Yellow-sorrel

 

Picris echioides

Bristly Oxtongue

 

Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort Plantain

 

Plantago major

Greater Plantain

 

Poa annua

Annual Meadow-grass

 

Polygonum aviculare agg.

Knot-grass (agg.)

 

Prunella vulgaris

Selfheal

 

Prunus spinosa Blackthorn (species added to list by Elaine)

Pteridium aquilinum

Bracken

 

Quercus robur

Pedunculate Oak

 

Ranunculus bulbosus

Bulbous Buttercup

 

Ranunculus repens

Creeping Buttercup

 

Raphanus raphanistrum

Radish

 

Rumex acetosa

Common Sorrel

 

Rumex crispus

Curled Dock

 

Rumex obtusifolius

Broad-leaved Dock

 

Sambucus nigra

Elder

 

Senecio jacobaea

Common Ragwort

 

Senecio vulgaris

Groundsel

 

Silene latifolia

White Campion

 

Sonchus asper

Prickly Sow-thistle

 

Sonchus oleraceus

Smooth Sow-thistle

 

Spergularia rubra

Sand Spurrey

 

Stellaria media

Common Chickweed

 

Taraxacum aggregate

Dandelion

 

Teucrium scorodonia

Wood Sage

 

Trifolium pratense

Red Clover

 

Trifolium repens

White Clover

 

Urtica dioica

Common Nettle

 

Veronica sp.

 

Not identified to species level.

Viola tricolor

Wild Pansy

 

An unidentified Cudweed occurred in the gravel around the gate. A fairly close fit to Jersey Cudweed
(Gnaphalium uliginosum ) - but not quite right.

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