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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

12/8/09: Bexley village and North Cray give me two new Borough records

Parsonage Lane, North Cray, heading east towards Joydens Wood

English Elm in hedges. Black Horehound. Some Ground Ivy. Couple of patches of Dogs Mercury. Several Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris). Some Perennial Sow Thistle. Hedge Woundwort.

This large clump of Common Fleabane, making a fine sight by the Lane, is my first record of the species in Bexley Borough. Since there was no sign of any others in the vicinity, I suspect it came in with the young hedging plants it was growing between.

There was a splendid show of Wild Carrot in flower on undeveloped ground at the west end of Vicarage Rd., opposite where the long lane from the Joydens Wood Keeper's Cottage finally joins it.

St. Mary's Churchyard, High St, Old Bexley

The churchyard boasted some Greater Celandine and Pellitory-of-the-wall.

On the inside of the wall, by the High St., were 2 Hart's-tongue ferns and 2 Wall Rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria).

Of greatest interest was this single specimen of Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) (pictured below), my first record of this species in the Borough. It was fairly common in walls around where I lived in Bristol, but then it was generally rather wetter down there .....

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