Dear Readers, this week I was inspired by Peter Marren’s book ‘Chasing the Ghost’ to see if we can identify some plants that we’ve probably never seen before, purely on the basis of their resemblance to more common plants. Can we spot a lungwort or a catchfly even if we’ve never seen this particular species? I have chosen 15 species from his list of 50 rare and unusual plants. You might not have seen them, but hopefully you’ll have seen something like them.
This week I have gone for slightly smaller photos which will hopefully help a bit with all the scrolling up and down, but do let me know if you preferred the bigger ones.
All you need to do, as usual, is to match the species from the list below with the photograph and pop your answers into the comments if you want to be marked. Feel free to play along even if you don’t want to publicise your brilliance. So, if you think the plant in photo 1 is Alpine Rock-cress, your answer is 1)A)
I will post the answers next Friday, so if you want me to work out your score, please enter your response by 5 p.m. UK time next Thursday. If you don’t want to be influenced by those who’ve already submitted, I recommend writing your answers down before you go to the comments :-).
Onwards, and good luck!
A) Alpine Rock-cress (Arabis alpina)
B) Tasteless Water-pepper (Persicaria mitis)
C) Ribbon-leaved Water Plantain (Alisma pedunculata)
D) Whorled Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum verticillatum)
E) Few-flowered Fumitory (Fumaria vaillantii)
F) Leafless Hawk’s-beard (Crepis praemorsa)
G) Slender Cotton-grass (Ephiophorum gracile)
H) Upright or Tintern Spurge (Euphorbia serrulata/Euphorbia stricta)
I) Copse Bindweed (Fallopia dumetorum)
J) Alpine Catchfly (Silene suecica)
K) Wild Gladiolus (Gladiolus illyricus)
L) Blue Heath (Phyllodoce caerulea)
M) Spiked Rampion (Phyteuma spicatum)
N) Early Marsh-Orchid, cream-coloured form (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp ochroleuca)
O) Alpine Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea alpina)