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nI have tried to include families with a number of different species in books of there own or with close relatives but I am left with a number that do not fit this scheme but do not justify a book of their own, To try and overcome this I have divided them into simple flowers and complex flowers. I have defined a complex flowers as anything other than a simple arrangement of four or five petals around a central cluster of style and stamens.
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|Species featured in this book||Scientific Name||Title|
|Thrift||Armeria maritima||Thrift: the thrupenny bit|
|Common Sea-lavender||Limonium vulgare||Common Sea-lavender: lavender blue dilly-dilly|
|Wild Mignonette||Reseda lutea||Wild Mignonette: the yellow mignonette|
|Ling||Calluna vulgaris||Ling: a clean sweep|
|Bell Heather||Erica cinerea||Bell Heather: purple haze|
|Cross Leaved Heath||Erica tetralix||Cross Leaved Heath: spot the difference|
|Dorset Heath||Erica ciliaris||Dorset Heath: the county flower of Dorset|
|Bilberry||Vaccinium myrtillus||Bilberry: for night vision|
|Purple Loosestrife||Lythrum salicaria||Purple Loosestrife: bees losing their strife|
|Orpine||Sedum telephium||Orpine: a nice plant|
|Navelwort||Umbilicus rupestris||Navelwort: the wall pennywort|
|Petty Spurge||Euphorbia peplus||Petty Spurge: the cancer weed|
|Sun Spurge||Euphorbia helioscopia||Sun Spurge: umbrella milkweed|
|Wood Spurge||Euphorbia amygdaloides||Wood Spurge: what an irritating plant|
|Portland Spurge||Euphorbia portlandica||Portland Spurge: set in stone|
|Dogs Mercury||Mercurialis perennis||Dogs mercury: the real dogs dinner?|
|Annual Mercury||Mercurialis annua||Annual Mercury: the garden mercury|
|Heath Milkwort||Polygala serpyllifolia||Heath Milkwort: the thyme leaved milkwort|
|Chalk Milkwort||Polygala calcarea||Chalk Milkwort: milking it for what it is wort|
|Indian Balsam||Impatiens glandulifera||Indian Balsam: the policemans helmet|
|Common Figwort||Scrophularia nodosa||Common Figwort: skin deep|
|Water Figwort||Scrophularia auriculata||Water Figwort: the shoreline figwort|
|Moschatel||Adoxa moschatellina||Moschatel: the town hall clock|
|Ribwort Plantain||Plantago lanceolata||Ribwort Plantain: take your medicine|
|Greater Plantain||Plantago major||Greater Plantain: down trodden but thriving|
|Hoary Plantain||Plantago media||Hoary Plantain: enough to turn you grey|
|Bucks-horn Plantain||Plantago coronopus||Bucks-horn Plantain: its in the bag|
|Common Valerian||Valeriana officinalis||Common Valerian: let us sleep on it|
|Marsh Valerian||Valeriana dioica||Marsh Valerian: his and hers|
|Common Cornsalad||Valerianella locusta||Common Cornsalad: lambs lettuce|
|Wild Teasel||Dipsacus fullonum||Wild Teasel: spinning a yarn|
|Field Scabious||Knautia arvensis||Field Scabious: the gypsy rose|
|Bog Asphodel||Narthecium ossifragum||Bog Asphodel: golden stars|
|Stinking Iris||Iris foetidissima||Stinking Iris: the roast beef plant|
This book is made up of the segments listed below. Click the segment title for information about specie within that segment.
I define 'complex' flowers as those with a more complicated flower structure than a single array of petals.
|Heath Family - Ericaceae||
Yes, the heath family are strongly connected to heath and moorland habitats. Woody plants that can grow in conditions other plants could not even get a root hold in make supreme specialists of this habitat type and as Dorset has a considerable amount of heath most of these plants are commonly found here.
|Plantain Family - Plantaginaceae||
The plantain family is one of those groups of plants that do not seem to have a flower in the accepted sense, they are more like sedges perhaps? It is a small family with five species but so far I have only found four in Dorset but I know sea plantain occurs here.
|Spurge Family - Euphorbiaceae||
Spurges are generally quite a distinctive family. They almost give the appearance of not having flowers and technically they have not! The green 'petals' are called bracts and the stamens and anther are in the centre of these. Spurges need bare ground and some are vigorous weeds in gardens and hunted down whilst others are specifically grown as garden flowers!
|Teasel Family - Dipsacaceae||
Teasels are very distinctive plants seemingly having no flowers, just a prickly seed head. The family also contains, however, the scabious flowers, very different in many ways from the conventional teasel appearance; they have blue compound flower heads.
|Valerian Family - Valerianaceae||
Valerians are attractive plants with clusters of tiny flowers which are very popular with insects. There are three species of Valerian and they are joined by some much smaller cousins, the corn salads.