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    Posted: 29 Jun 2011 at 11:58pm
hi folks,

a day off work for me today prompted visits to multiple sites inc Aston Farm (a Royal hermitage!).

i saw common frog, toad, viv, slowie, white-clawed crayfish and grey heron.
but instead of them, heres pix of a couple of herpily (is that a word?) named flora i encountered inc an ultra-rarity!

check this out;
it might look like any old buttercup but this is one of the UKs fussiest plants;

ADDER'S tongue spearwort ranunculus ophioglossifolius

this species is known from only 2 sites in England. both are (happily for me ) in my home county.
it is discerned from Lesser Spearwort by its heart-shaped lower leaves.
this specimen is from Inglestone Common.

secondly, heres a rather splendid display of the far more common and hirsute (yet very beautiful)
VIPER'S Bugloss echium vulgare

growing on old quarry workings at the definitively-named site of Crackstone.

ok, i admit neither species are as comely as pippa middletons bum. but as previously pointed out on this site, not much is!

well, i suppose NOW you expect pix of FROGbit hydrocaris morsus-ranae and ADDER's tongue fern ophioglossum vulgatum in order that i try to complete the Herp nomenclature-related set?

well you can forget it!

instead (and going back on my word ) heres 3 neonate AF;

cheers folks, ben

Edited by ben rigsby - 30 Jun 2011 at 12:10am
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