Friday, March 09, 2012

wood in west swindon - march 9th

Grey Poplar (Populus canescens) - male catkins before the stamens open.

Garlic Mustard or Jack-by-the-Hedge (Alliaria petiolata). At this stage the plant appears as kidney-shaped leaves carpeting the ground, the petioles somewhat hairy. (The later leaves are cordate, with quite elongated apices.) The young leaves look a lot like Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) in shape, but they have about twice as many knobbly bits, more like 30 than 15. Besides, the young leaves of Ground Ivy clearly arise in lines from creeping stems.

Lords-and-Ladies (Arum maculatum) - unfurling leaves.

Hazel (Corylus avellana) - catkins and new leaves.

Corner of a decaying block of polystyrene.

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At 11:00 pm, Blogger All My Own Idea said...

What family is this please?

At 11:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Polystyrene? What family is this please?

At 9:54 am, Blogger Michael Peverett said...

I think it might be Detritus curius, but I need to consult my Field Guide to the Decaying Litter of the British Isles@:>

At 10:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hardly call polystyrene 'litter'- there is a brilliant book called '1001 Things To Do With Polystyrene'and not one of them suggests throwing it away, so perhaps you would be consulting the wrong book!

Yours sincerely
Phillis Smythe-Graham

At 1:24 pm, Blogger Michael Peverett said...

Thanks Miss S-G,
deeply honoured! Do you live near the Bristol Channel?&:)

What I like about polystyrene is

it's warm to the touch,
comfy to lie on,
you can clean your fingernails in it,
the air resistance when you whirl it round your head,

and I like having a polystyrene chucking competition.


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