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Unidentified plant, Isle of Wight

Observed: 24th July 2011 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
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This plant was growing in cliff-top grassland and along roadsides near the Old Battery above the Needles, Isle of Wight. I'm not sure where to start with identifying it, I can't even make a guess as to family - any help appreciated!

Species interactions

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Species with which Pellitory-of-the-wall (Parietaria judaica) interacts


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Pellitory-of-the-wall is a plant I've always wanted to see, ever since I read its intriguing name in my books as a kid, but when I did see it I didn't recognise it! Many thanks for the identification.

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Parietaria judaica

We were initially puzzled by this plant as we normally see it growing not so luxuriantly on walls. However, in the Flora of the Isle of Wight(Pope, Snow and Allen) reference is made to it being 'Native on coastal cliffs and being particularly abundant and luxuriant on the cliffs at Freshwater'
In the Urticaceae family.
Dave (and Hazel )

David J Trevan

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Was thrown by the apparent scale of this,

it is usually a rather scruffy& insignificant looking weed.You may have saved me from fitting in a trip to the Needles.

Hazel Trevan

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Don't call it insignificant and scruffy, I've been waiting 35 or so years to see it!

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no offence but i think its a

no offence but i think its a beautiful plant and i admire the way it defiantly makes the most of often very threadbare habitat in cities.
beauty's in the eye of the beholder!

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I am not that fussy a gardener,

but you have made the Common Pellitory of the wall look rather beautiful.I shall have to post some pics of our inferior specimens here.Yours are definitely prize winning specimens. Hazel

Hazel Trevan