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Smooth Finger-grass

Observed: 27th August 2011 By: Natterjacktoad
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Tim Rich's picture

Well I never, I saw it

Well I never, I saw it yesterday at Midhurst sand pit too...

Tim Rich

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How funny! I first found it

How funny! I first found it at Heyshott in 2008 (and misidentified it as sanguinalis). I looked every year after that with no further success. After seeing sanguinalis in Somerset last year, I dug out my herbarium specimens and realised that they were different, so sent one off to Paul Harmes for confirmation. After seeing sanguinalis in Petworth (in profusion along a road) this year, I was prompted to look again at Heyshott and Hey Presto! It's there in quantity!
Is it obvious at Midhurst sandpit? I visit there quite regularly (nice Small Cudweed amongst the broken glass!!)
Sarah

Sarah Patton

Tim Rich's picture

that's the place - with

that's the place - with Centaurium pulchellum (and erythraea) and dwarfed land-locked Crassula helmsii. The plants were only about 2 cm though. Some very dwarf Plantago major there too.
Saw sanguinalis just south of Iping about 30 years ago, not seen it since!

Tim Rich

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Just added my picture, and

Just added my picture, and one of the Plantago major susbp. intermedia

Tim Rich