|Waterfall in the Ashdown Forest, 17 August 2012.|
|Lemon-scented Fern, Oreopteris limbosperma. Ashdown Forest, 17 August 2012.|
Out of sequence, now, I want to show some Dodder, a very interesting plant which is completely parasitic. It germinates from seeds and, using the seed's store of food energy, immediately latches onto a host plant and inserts specialised organs called haustoria into the host. These start to extract its nutrients and the Dodder's original stem then dies off.
|Dodder, Cuscata epithymum, on Gorse, Ulex europaeus. Ashdown Forest, 17 August 2012.|
There was a small group of Dodder plants in one small area on a dry heath slope. We didn't find any more. It's an annual, so next year it will probably be somewhere else nearby.
Finally, a plant we saw near a small stream. This is yet another that I had never seen before.
|Lesser Skullcap, Scutellaria minor. Ashdown Forest, 17 August 2012.|
The photos from this and the last two posts, and a few more, are on line here: Ashdown Forest plants and insects, 17 August 2012.