Rob Lawrence's picture

2013-08-08 12.26.09

Observed: 8th August 2013 By: Rob LawrenceRob Lawrence’s reputation in Plants
2013-08-08 12.26.09

Large herbaceous plant on bare earth next to quarry.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) interacts


Amadan's picture

Not one I know -

But it looks rather like Ruscus aculeatus, Butcher's Broom.

Rachy Ramone's picture

That was my immediate response!

...but the leaves are not sufficiently pointed at the tip (and they have marginal teeth which Ruscus lack), nor are they dark green and glossy: and Ruscus is evergreen, not herbaceous.

It looks hauntingly familiar, though, so I shall watch this Obs with interest!

Rachy Ramone

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Amadan's picture

That could well be it -

Well done that Botanist!