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Sample-plant

Observed: 19th March 2011 By: d.banks
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This plant appears to be a very small example of a Cyclamen growing out of a stony path at the back of my house in Milton Keynes. The path has several of these plants that seem to flower at the same time of year (early Spring). It is spontaneous occurrence and exists along with a large number of other wildflowers particularly wild herbs and orchids. The path is well drained and this part is shaded for most of the day getting the late afternoon sun. The path consists of 5-10 cms of stones over an impermeable membrane. You can see that the plant is very small with flowers a little more than 1cm across. Each plant has about three flowers and a similar number of leaves.

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d.banks's picture

Cyclamen coum

I thought that as well but the flowers and leaves are much smaller than all the other samples of Cyclamen coum and I wasn't sure of the distribution of this species.

I have looked up the characteristics and distribution of Cyclamen coum and there are two mismatches, 1) it is flowering in early Spring not Autumn and 2) it is well outside its native distribution (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclamen). Is anyone else able to comment please?

Tiggrx's picture

Cyclamen coum is a

Cyclamen coum is a winter/spring flowering species - not autumn. It occurs as a garden escape in this country and as such could turn up anywhere in the country.

d.banks's picture

I disagree with your assessment

I disagree with you as the map at http://data.nbn.org.uk/gridMap/gridMap.jsp?allDs=1&srchSpKey=NHMSYS00004... will prove that its range is restricted to the Southern parts of the UK (with the exception of the IoM). I have asked my neighbours if they have seen examples in their garden. Nobody in the area grows these plants in their garden so it is unlikely to be a 'garden escapee' as you say. I suggest that it is extending its range as climate warms.