A Spring Saunter–Primroses and Toothwort

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Almost, but not quite, a final fling of our Easter break; the following day, a Sunday, B and I went to an optimistic barbecue in sunshine and a very gusty wind.

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Anyway, the boys and I had a bit of a local wander. Where were the girls? Shopping I think.

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Our route took us through Clarke’s Lot, where the primroses were in fine form.

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Then through Burtonwell Wood to Lambert’s Meadow…

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Wood anemone.

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Past the pond at Bank Well and along The Row to Eaves Wood.

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There’s another tree here, by the path, which is infested by toothwort. It’s those adapted leaves on the stem which lead to the name. They don’t serve as leaves in a conventional sense since they don’t photosynthesise, hence the lack of green. They are parasitical, living entirely on nourishment from the roots of a host tree, usually hazel, although I’m pretty sure that this – I say ‘this’ because one plant will throw up several flower stalks over quite a wide area, spreading under ground – I’m pretty sure that this plant wasn’t on a hazel.

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Another common name is corpse flower, either, I’ve seen suggested, because of the lack of colour, or because the plant was known to grow above a buried body, which is a bit of a grim image, given that it’s a parasitical plant.

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A Spring Saunter–Primroses and Toothwort

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