|One of the smaller phyllanthes specimens|
The whole general appearance of the plant has a downward look to it.
Our phyllanthes is of the variant "pendula". It could well be the highest known breeding altitude record for this plant in the whole of Cumbria (to be confirmed), the species is more regularly found towards the coastal areas. It is certainly a first for the old County of Westmorland, but not a first for the current Vice County.
|Close up showing the long "ochre" like grooved ovaries|
|All though going over the top two flowers are showing here|
The finding of this species has been a joint effort by myself and two friends Peter J and Alan G. Its also now brought up the possibility of there being even more lurking about in nearby beech woods.
The Broad Leaved Helliborines (epipactis helliborine) are starting to show well now and this year seems exceptional with them being found in lots of new places. When you consider just how many are about up on the verges of the limestone pavements and nestled in among the low surrounding vegetation, it brings it home of how and why we are getting all the beautiful hybrids (epipactis schmalhauseneii).
|A lovely Broad Leaved Helliborine|
|Hard Fern on Hutton Roof|
We are meeting up at the Burton Memorial Hall at 2100hrs to monitor our local Swifts. You are more than welcome to join us, and enjoy the marvels of these wonderful creatures.....