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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Viper's-bugloss in Chipstead Bottom plus Common Rock-rose and Scabius spp.

This strikingly colourful flower was photographed last Sunday in Chipstead Bottom, south of Banstead Wood, Surrey last Sunday.  It might be Viper's-bugloss, Echium vulgare.  It is more colourful than my reference books show and is late flowering as well, along with many other plants this year.

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This meadow in Chipstead Bottom is one of the finest that you might imagine -- awash with orchids earlier in the year and still now in October full of colourful flowers.  In the foreground you can see the Common Rock-rose.

Common Rock-rose, Heliathemum nummularium.

One of the Scabious flowers.
Another Scabious.
I really must lug my flora book with me to identify these flowers correctly.
This calcareous meadow is worth a special visit at any time of year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have just walked the dog through Chipstead Bottom & can only say the echiums have got even better. Quite stunning.It is a rather special place

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