Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer wildflowers

Summer fields sprinkled with flowers

Besides scabiosa, wild chicory, poppy (rare at this point of summer) wild dianthus (pink) in the river meadow below Le Ripe, many 'new' wildflowers intrigue the curious observer.

Silene vulgaris, bladder campion, maidenstears
probably Dipsacus sylvestris or fullonum, wild teasel or fuller's teasel

Clearly of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family, but which amongst the 3,700 species of this huge family?
Nigella damascena love-in-a-mist, ragged lady, devil in the bush, here the seed capsules only
Digitalis grandiflora, yellow foxglove
if not Digitalis grandiflora, then what?
yellow thistles and scrubby bush with bright yellow, five-petalled flowers with orange centres, see below for closer view

Trifolium arvense, hare's foot clover rabbitfoot clover, stone clover or oldfield clover
Anthriscus silvestri, cow parsley, possibly
Origanum volgare, oregano
Silene vulgaris amongst ...?
thistle, but which one? Could be milk thistle, Silybum marianum, also known as Marian thistle, Saint Mary's thistle
yellow thistles, could be Centaurea sostitialis, yellow star thistle, also known as Saint Barnaby's thistle
Galega officinalis, commonly known as galega, goat's-rue, French lilac, Italian fitch, or professor-weed
Leucanthemum vulgare, oxeye daisy
could be Astralagus danicus, purple milk-vetch, or something similar, surely a vetch
mystery yellow bush again: July 19, it has been suggested that this is a Verbascum, or mullein, a large genus of 250 species...this exemplar has smaller leaves and a bushier shape than the familiar mullein

Identification is tricky: if readers are in the know, suggestions are welcome...

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