Tuesday was spent at Wicken Fen (http://www.wicken.org.uk/) on a flora identification day. A whole day just looking at flowers! Wow!
Here's a selection:
Oenanthe is apparently from two Greek words: oinos meaning wine and anthos meaning 'flower'. It may have flowers that smell of wine and leaves that resemble parsley but this beautiful umbellifer is not for use as an herbal garnish as it is highly toxic.
Succisa pratensis Devil's bit scabious
Devil's bit scabious is so called because its roots look as if they have been bitten off and in days of yore when superstition and fantasy reigned - the poor old devil got blamed for pretty much everything.
Lysimachia vulgaris Yellow loosestrife
Lysimachia is derived from the name of a Macedonian king: Lysimachusl he was around in about 300BC and his name means losing or ending strife. Neat eh?
Utricularia neglecta Bladderwort
Bladderwort is only really visible when it flowers in a blaze of glory in summer. Most of the time it is surreptitiously munching its way through billions of water fleas. A truly voracious carnivore!