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Spindle?

Observed: 16th September 2012 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

I think this shrub is Spindle but I'm not sure.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Spindle (Euonymus europaeus) interacts

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

If this was in a garden it is

If this was in a garden it is possibly a planted exotic.

Brock

ar8922's picture

Not a garden

This is not in or even particularly near any gardens. It's in Dunsford Wood, which runs along the Teign River, in quite a steep gorge. The land is owned by the National Trust but managed as a nature reserve by the Devon Wildlife Trust.

GrizzledBadger's picture

Ok, but could still be

Ok, but could still be exotic, how about Spont (spontaneous) as from bird droppings, which is surely what the fruits are designed to do.

Brock

ar8922's picture

Yes it could

That is of course quite possible although it's well established, so has probably been there a while and according to NBN Gateway, it's not uncommon in the region.

cicuta58's picture

Exotic?

Why suggest this might be exotic when it is common over the whole of southern England? It does get planted but you need more evidence of a difference before denigrating it!

cicuta58

ar8922's picture

Exotic?

Thanks Graeme, I thought it was a slightly odd suggestion given that it's native, a common species for the region and in a relatively isolated spot. It's obviously not out of the question for it to be an exotic but there also doesn't seem to be much evidence to support that hypothesis.