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Spring Flowers of the Brierdene

Observed: 17th April 2010 By: Steve Stone
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Found in the woodland on a south facing bank at the west end of the dene

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) interacts

Comments

Chris Metherell's picture

Pulmonaria officinalis

Indeed introduced, but even from this distance seems to fit the diagnosis for P. officinalis. It is, I think, important to remember that botanists deal with strongly conserved characters which even with the considerable breeding and selection undertaken by plantsmen over the years tend to be relatively stable. Of course that is not true of all species, but Pulmonaria is, I think, not very plastic. But then I'm not a gardener!

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

Kluut's picture

Pulmonaria identification

Although probably only 6 species contribute to garden pulmonarias, the species in general require examination of the hairs on the leaf and leaf shape itself.
I can't see any detail sufficient to say anything about leaf hairs in this photo', but the leaf shape is wrong for P. officionalis, which should be broad ovate. The plant in the photo' has broad lanceolate leaves - very much like P. saccharata (a very common garden plant in numerous forms/hybrids) - as do very many cultivated pulmonarias.

ID is best left at Pulmonaria.