Wild Chamomile - Chamomilla nobile
Cattle grazing in a hollow containing lots of Small Fleabane - Pulicaria vulgaris
It grows in areas of poached ground that have been flooded in winter so depressions like this are essential for its survival.
In the top corner of this photo a clump of Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium is also visible.. just about!
I couldn't get any close up photos of this plant as it would have meant crouching down amongst the herd of cattle. I wasn't that determined though because I'd seen and photographed the plant before in South Devon. See HERE.
Small Fleabane - Pulicaria vulgaris
Trifid Bur-marigold - Bidens tripartita
Next stop was the botanically famous Hatchet Pond, home of several very rare plants. It's a great place but the Sunday of a bank holiday weekend wasn't really the best time to visit as it is also a very popular tourist day trip spot. Fortunately for the plant enthusiast none of the hoards of people are in the slightest bit interested in the flora of the site and you can botanize without too much interference. You certainly get some funny looks though as you grovel around on the floor seemingly photographing the mud! I could easily have stayed all day as there are lots of plants I didn't have time to locate but I did see the big two, and when I say 'the big two' that's in rarity value rather than looks!
Hampshire Purslane - Ludwigia palustris
Pillwort - Pilularia globulifera
A rare and unusual fern
Pillwort with new fronds unfurling in the foreground.
Seen here with Hampshire Purslane and what I think is New Zealand Pigmyweed - Crassula helmsii
On the way home, late in the afternoon, we made a quick detour to one of the Dorset Heaths to look for Marsh Gentian. I'd seen then here last year so knew exactly where to look and soon found a small group. Unfortunately it was getting late and threatening to rain and in the gloomy conditions the flowers had furled up. Still stunning, even so! My favourite wildflower.
Marsh Gentian - Gentiana pneumonanthe