Tagged: Botany

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Springs Herald: Snowdrops and Modern Medicine

Galanthus invalids otherwise known as the Snowdrop, is widely acknowledged as one of the first signs of spring in the northern hemisphere. This flower occurs frequently in its favored habitats including moist deciduous...

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Top 10 Facts: Lords and Ladies

Unwelcome guests. In Theatrum Botanicum, published in 1629 by John Parkinson, the author lists two recipes for Wild Arum (otherwise known as Lords and Ladies), suggesting that small pieces of the root can...

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Top 10 Facts about the Yew

Historic significance. One of the oldest wooden artefacts ever discovered by modern humans was made from Yew – a spearhead found in Essex dated at approximately 450,000 years of age. This particular spearhead was...

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An autumn glut of Sea Buckthorn berries

The smell was sweet and sickly, infused with alcohol, and difficult to escape. We tracked it down to sea buckthorn berries, bright orange, over-ripe and ready for eating after the early November frosts....

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Why Brambles are Brilliant

Bramble, briar, thorn-bush, blackberry, Rubus fruticosus; all names for a widespread and vigorous plant with arching stems coated in needle-sharp thorns whose success as a species has brought it into regular conflict with...

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A Spotlight on Himalayan Balsam

Of all the wildflowers I enjoyed as a child, Himalayan Balsam is one of the most memorable. Mainly because, in my youth, popping the little green grenades produced by the plant when it goes...

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New Year Plant Hunt: Co. Donegal

It’s over a week since the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) held it’s New Year Plant Hunt, which encouraged botanists and all manner of enthused individuals to go out and find...

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Flowering Plants: What to see in August

Like all those who are new to Botany I can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of flowers popping up in Spring and Summer, there are too many of them...

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