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Purple Toothwort

Observed: 22nd April 2009 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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Lathraea clandestina - Longwick 1
Lathraea clandestina - Longwick 0
Description:

I think this is Purple Toothwort, growing on a streamside bank. It's a parasitic plant, and this one was near to a large willow tree, one of its normal hosts. Apparently scarce in Bucks. It's not native to the UK. Since this was right next to a footpath I suppose it could have been deliberately introduced rather than establishing itself? Sorry about the rather fuzzy mobile phone photos, I just stumbled across the plant while out walking the dog this evening.

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miked's picture

Becoming increasingly common

Becoming increasingly common after escaping from botanic gardens. Not sure if its known whether its having a negative effect on the native flora.

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second site in Bucks

Apparently this is only the second known site for it in Buckinghamshire. Needless to say, the county recorder, Roy Maycock, had beaten me to it and saw it in the same spot a couple of weeks ago - not much gets past him!

Martin

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I suspect there will be lots

I suspect there will be lots more sites over the coming years.