Strumpshaw Fen, 25 June 2021

After a visit to the camping and leisure shop in Blofield I popped in to Strumpshaw for a walk and to look for some plants I know grow there. I'd contacted Jeremy Bartlett but was unable to get hold of him so it was a case of finding them myself. Luckily they aren't small! 

I opted to walk along the Lackford Run first and in the end that was all I needed to find everything - Marsh Pea was numerous in one particular area and in a dyke I found one small patch of the impressive umbellifer Cowbane. Into the bargain I also found Annual Beard Grass, Marsh Bedstraw, Marsh Fern, Pennywort, a couple of examples of the 'schoenephila' form of Southern Marsh Orchid and the curious long-leaved stingless form of Stinging Nettle known as Fen or Stingless Nettle that favours marshes.

                                                                                                                                      Marsh Pea


                                                                                                     'schoenephila' Southern Marsh Orchids
                                                                                                                                   Marsh Fern
                                                                                                                          'Fen' or 'Stingless' Nettle
                                                                                                                             Annual Beard Grass

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