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Meadow Clary

Observed: 3rd June 2003 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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Description:

Large colony found during guided visit. Revisited this year and few were visible, though I believe that growth/emergence is variable. The only place I've ever seen this species.

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Species with which Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis) interacts

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Chris Metherell's picture

Salvia pratensis

A very interesting plant. And a very local one too. As far as I know it is found as a native in only about a dozen or so sites. Of which this is one, only discovered I think in 2006. It is a nationally scarce plant and is classified by the IUCN as near threatened. Good to see.

Incidentally, it does occur as a garden escape in other areas, and there are a couple of other large flowered (ie >18mm) alien Salvia species which crop up from time to time which resemble it. But S. paratensis is easily told from all of these by its green bracts (sometimes tinged violet).

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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Salvia pratensis sites

The Porton Down guide was rightly proud of the colony (this was in 2003) and it was a shame to see so few this year - I'll just have to go back again...