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Flora Identification Guide

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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

Make a selection from any of the lists below that match the flower you saw and a filtered selection of possible flowers will be displayed. The more of the four options you specify the smaller the number of likely flowers will be displayed but if you are too specific then you may eliminate your flower from the choices if they do not exactly match my groupings! Have fun ...

General information and instructions on how to use the plant identification guide.

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Taraxacum agg.
Daisy family - Compositae
Large open yellow flower heads on a short single stem and a basal rosette of leaves
Danish Scurveygrass
Cochlearia danica
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Sturdy plant on salt marshes
Devils-bit Scabious
Succisa pratensis
Teasel family - Dipsaceae
Globed purple flower on a tall plant with few stems on the leaf
Dog Rose
Rosa canina
Rose family - Rosaceae
Attractive pale pink flowers in briars
Dogs Mercury
Mercurialis perennis
Spurge family - Euphorbiaceae
Short plant with green flower spikes on the woodland floor
Cornus sanguinea
Dogwood family - Cornaceae
Hedgerow shrub with reddish stems and some red leaves
Dorset Heath
Erica ciliaris
Heather family - Ericaceae
Longer, more pointed flowers than the bell shape of the other heathers
Doves-foot Cranesbill
Geranium molle
Geranium family - Geraniaceae
Low creeping flower with small pink flowers
Downy Birch
Betula pubescens
Birch family - Betulaceae
Large green pointed catkin tinged with a hint of reddish brown when fully open
Filipendula vulgaris
Rose family - Rosaceae
Tall plant with clsuters of white flowers
Dwarf Gorse
Ulex minor
Pea family - Leguminosae
Low growing gorse with dense spines
Dwarf Mallow
Malva neglecta
Mallow family - Malvaceae
A crawling stream of small pink flowers
Dwarf Mouse-ear
Cerastium pumilum
Campion Family - Caryophyllaceae
Tiny plants on thin soil. Has reddish tinged leaves.
Dwarf Spurge
Euphorbia exigua
Spurge family - Euphorbiaceae
Short branched plant with green flowers
Dwarf Thistle
Cirsium acaulon
Daisy family - Compositae
Thistle with no apparent stem at all
Dyers Greenweed
Genista tinctoria
Pea family - Leguminosae
A low gorse-like flower with no prickles
Early Forget-me-not
Myosotis ramosissima
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Small hairy forget-me-not with pale leaves
Early Gentian
Gentianella anglica
Gentian family - Gentianaceae
Short plant with upright purple trumpet flowers
Early Marsh Orchid
Dactylorhiza incarnata
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
Medium size orchid with a narrow spike of pale pink flowers
Early Purple Orchid
Orchis mascula
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
Medium orchid with dominant purple flower spike and blotched leaves
Early Spider Orchid
Ophrys sphegodes
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
small orchid with predominantly brown bulbous flowers resembling a garden spider
Eastern Gladiolus
Gladiolus communis
Iris family - Iridaceae
Garden-like gladioli by the light house at Durlston!
Sambucus nigra
Honeysuckle family - Caprifoliaceae
hedgerow shrub with flat creamy flower heads
Circaea lutetiana
Willowherb family - Onagraceae
Tiny separated flowers on spikes
English Elm
Ulmus procera
Elm family - Ulmaceae
Small purplish catkins
English Stonecrop
Sedum anglicum
Stonecrop family - Crassulaceae
Red nobly stems and no apparent green leaves
Euphrasia agg
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Small plant with a white flower and a yellow centre
Fairy Flax
Linum catharticum
Flax family - Linaceae
Slender plant with small star shaped flowers
Fat Hen
Chenopodium album
Goosefoot family - Chenopodiaceae
Strudy plant with a rather mealy look to the leaves and a red stem
Foeniculum vulgare
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Tall umbrella flowering plant with thin, feathery leaves
Tanacetum parthenium
Daisy family - Compositae
Medium height plant with branched stems and daisy flowers on each
Fiddle Dock
Rumex pulcher
Dock family - Polygonaceae
Sprawling dock plant with fleshy leaves
Field Bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis
Bindweed family - Convolvulaceae
Ground covering creeping flower with pink flowers, sometimes with white stripes
Field Forget-me-not
Myosotis arvensis
Borage family - Boraginaceae
Upright little plant with multiple blue flowers with a yellow centre
Field Madder
Sherardia arvensis
Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae
A small plant with tiny flowers in clusters
Field Maple
Acer campestre
Maple family - Aceraceae
The flowers a tiny so look for the small five-lobed leaves
Field Pansy
Viola arvensis
Violet family - Violaceae
Familiar garden pansy-like flower but smaller and more delicate
Field Pepperwort
Lepidium campestre
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Medium erect plant with seed heads along the centre stem
Field Rose
Rosa arvensis
Rose family - Rosaceae
Low growing shrub with white rose flowers
Field Scabious
Knautia arvensis
Teasel family - Dipsaceae
Attractive bluish purple flowers heads
Flowering Currant
Ribes sanguineum
Currant family - Grossulariaceae
Cascade of reddish pink flowers
Fools Water-cress
Apium nodiflorum
Carrot family - Umbelliferea
Prostrate dense plants at waters edge
Digitalis purpurea
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Tall spikes of purple flowers
Fragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia conopsea
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
Orchids with oval flower spikes with a vanilla scent
Frog Orchid
Coeloglossum viride
Orchid family - Orchidaceae
Tiny plant with cluster of small flowers sometimes with a reddish tinge
Gallant Soldier
Galinsoga parviflora
Daisy family - Compositae
Typical daisy flower on multiple stems on the same plant
Garlic Mustard
Alliaria Petiolata
Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Cluster of small white flowers at the top of the stem with a smell of garlic
Germander Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys
Figwort family - Scrophulariaceae
Spreading speedwell with a white centre to a deep blue flower