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Lords and Ladies?

Observed: 28th February 2013 By: ar8922
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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I think this is probably Arum maculatum but I'd welcome confirmation or correction. I guess there's a chance it might be Arum italicum given the location but without a flower I can't be sure.

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Arum maculatum

There are two subspecies of A. italicum. A. italicum subsp. italicum and A. italicum subsp. neglectum. The former has white veining and black blotches on the leaves, so it can be discounted. Arum italicum subsp. neglectum (which is unspotted and is without the white veins)has much rounder lobes at the base of the leaves than A. maculatum, which, despite its name - maculatum = spotted - is not always found with black blotches.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

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Thanks Chris

Many thanks Chris, that's really useful. There were other examples around with spotted leaves, just not on this one.