Tuesday, 11 March 2008

More signs of spring

Leaves have appeared on the Elder. The local name for Elder is 'bo-tree' or 'boo-tree', emphasis on the first syllable, the ee very short.

These embryonic shoots of Hartstongue Fern look like tiny hairy animals. In fact, I think that all early stages of ferns look slightly animal-like:

I thought this 'inside shot' of the Lesser Celandine flower looked interesting:

Not a sign of spring, since I can find Tubaria furfuracea throughout much of the year. This is associated with Hawthorn. Cap about 12mm across.

And just to show that new species can be found at any time of the year: The fungal infection Hormotheca robertiani, on Herb Robert:

Said to be common, but I've never seen it before.

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