UK symphytums

UK symphytums - UK and Ireland : To enable confirmation by the Referee, Bob Leaney. A sometimes difficult group, with a number of hy

To enable confirmation by the Referee, Bob Leaney.
A sometimes difficult group, with a number of hybrids and colour forms. For more information on identification of difficult specimens such as Norfolk comfrey, refer to
https://archive.bsbi.org.uk/BSBINews105.pdf pg6
http://archive.bsbi.org.uk/BSBINews125.pdf pg21
If taking photos, for future ref, the following would be helpful:
- image of whole plant (for scale, habit)
- image of stem winging, if present - does it extend well beyond next leaf node down - or beyond?
- calyx - degree to which it is divided
- buds - colour of young buds can be important
- and finally, and not just because they are pretty - flowers: colour and shape (side view best)
Bob and I spent an hour or two last Friday evening (never let it be said i don't know how to enjoy myself) going through the first page of observations and he has already spotted a couple of possible hybrids, which, if he's right, would be new to the UK. We are following these up with the observer/local VC Recorder with a view to getting plant material sent to him next year.
Jo
17 Aug 2017
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