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Post by mal71 » June 12th, 2019, 10:26 am

Alexanders or Smyrnium olusatrum

a first for me :D I've been on the lookout for this one for quite some time,
and came across quite a lot of it spread along a pathside at a local lake :)
much of it had taken a battering from the heavy rain and passers by, by the look of things, but enough was left so I could get a few pics :)
i wasn't to sure of its id at first, but a quick google confirmed it i think :)

Alexanders 1.JPG Alexanders 2.JPG Alexanders 4.JPG Alexanders 5.JPG Alexanders 6.JPG Alexanders 8.JPG

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Post by forager » June 12th, 2019, 12:08 pm

nicely spotted Mal :) its one I've only ever come across once, and that was many years ago on the Pembrokeshire coast,

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Post by fungio » June 13th, 2019, 9:19 am

a nice find there Mal :)
I don't think its one I've ever seen myself, the closest I've seen to it is some wild parsnip, which also has yellow flowers, but the leaves are very different,

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Post by joboyd » June 13th, 2019, 1:26 pm

now that's something i've never seen either,
I've watched the likes of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and others enthusing over the culinary qualities of it on those tv cookery programs,
but thats all i know about it,

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Post by ashgale » June 14th, 2019, 2:57 pm

joboyd wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 1:26 pm
now that's something i've never seen either,
I've watched the likes of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and others enthusing over the culinary qualities of it on those tv cookery programs,
but thats all i know about it,
me too :) I thought it was limited to the south of England, and not found up here in the wilds of the midlands :D
a nice find indeed Mal :)

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Post by Appledumpling » June 14th, 2019, 4:30 pm

Hello from a new member - I saw this thread and had to add that Alexanders is/are very common on the minor roads (sides) on the way to the North coast of Norfolk. So yes, you could call that the Midlands!

Also, I was excited to see today some Broomrape which is a fascinating plant. I could not tell if it was Tall Broomrape (Orobanche Elatior) or Lesser Broomrape (Orobanche minor) It's quite close to us, so if I can work out how to post pics and someone reckons they can tell the difference, I will take a couple.

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Post by mal71 » June 15th, 2019, 8:31 am

being in the North Midlands, bordering onto South Yorkshire and Lincs, Norfolk is what I would consider as being in the south :D
but I suppose that being from Mediterranean climes, that it prefers the slightly milder climate of the southern half of the UK :)

but the Northern half of the country seems to be getting more "exotics" showing up than in the past, climate change perhaps ?

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