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Sunday, 12 July 2009

12/07/09: Botanising in Belvedere

Walked home from Lesnes Abbey through Belvedere.

One of two clumps of Rue (Ruta graveolens) in flower, in what looks like an abandoned garden in the raised 'triangle' of land at the junction of Elstree Gardens and Abbey Rd.

Traveller's Joy/Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba) in flower along 'Footpath 10' off the south side of Abbey Rd.

A Hop plant was either side of the end of St. Augustine's Rd, and there was a Black Knapweed and Red Campion in flower in the clinic grounds, though they look like they may have been deliberately sown/planted.

Around Belvedere station: Remains of Long-headed Poppy (Papaver dubium) still present - white latex when first found two weeks ago - by fenced redundant bike rack area by the London-bound platform.

The rough grassy area opposite the south side of the station offers Gorse and Common Reed in close proximity.

There were several Smooth Tare in the grass here.

A reed-filled ditch is to be found by both sides of the line behind the platforms. On the south side, along the footpath towards the B+Q warehouse were several Hop plants and a number of Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica), an introduced species.

Angelica by Belvedere station

In/by ditch, east side of B+Q warehouse:

Goat's-rue (Galega officinalis)

As-yet unidentified species (pointers welcome ...)

Water Plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica)

Common Reedmace (Typha latifolia)

A less welcome sight .....

There is a very large amount of Horseradish between the ditch and the fence of Belvedere Infant School/Community Centre and Mitchell Close.

Black-bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) on fence by derelict service station on Lower Rd. There were also two Wild Carrot and several plants of one of the tall yellow-flowered Melilot species (too far from the fence to be able to identify).

Common Toadflax - some of the several plants along the Lower Road fence, at the top of the bank above Battle Rd.

And then into Erith .......

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