Learning and running


Never one to just try to do one thing at a time (why not fail at multiple things and save time?). I am trying to re-learn my plant-ident skills (if I had them in the first place). Although I do work within horticulture, the amount of time I spend with plants is very limited. So today’s long run (for which read Sunday’s long run that I was just too grumpy to do) had a goal.

I decided to photograph 10 different plants from the Rosaceae family – a huge group of plants that includes a lot of familiar garden and fruit plants. It is named for the type genus, Rosa (rose) which is representative of (some of) the characteristics of the family. Now me being me, I didn’t decide to do this before I set out, so I hadn’t actually planned anything. I thought I should be able to get away with finding them from memory.

As I am being good and following what the new gadget tells me to do, in terms of heart-rate and time, this means that long runs aren’t very long, and aren’t very runny. So plenty of time to take pictures. If I admit to the time and distance I will be booted out of the plodders category and sent off to the slow wanderers. And telling people that I have a slow wandering blog rather than a running blog would be too confusing.

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Rubus fruticosus – Bramble


First one was nice and easy – a bramble.  There are a lot of different variations on the bramble (microspecies) which would take a specialist to identify, so this is just Rubus fruticosus  for me. Should be a very good year I think, lots of flower. I do agree that they seem to come in many different shapes, sizes and colours.


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Fillipendula ulmaria – Meadowsweet

This one is a complete cheat – I took it on Friday I think, saw it again and hummed and ha-ed to myself as to what family it was it. Came down on the side of the buttercups and decided not to take another photo. Got back, looked it up and found it was indeed in the rose family. Smells lovely, likes damp.


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Potentilla reptans ( I think) Creeping Cinquefoil

There are a few Potentilla and I didn’t take pictures of the vital bits for identification, but on the grounds that it has five petals I am going for P. reptans.


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Crataegus monogyna (or C. laevigata or C. x media) – Hawthorn

Thought this would just be plain old hawthorn (C. monogyna), but reading about Midland Hawthorn (C. laeviagata) which is very similar, and the fact that it and common Hawthorn hybridise (to make C. × media, the × indicating the interbreeding)  I am now not so certain.

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Rosa canina? Dog rose

Lots of roses, not in flower. Think this is the common dog rose, may not be. 😉 The area I run in from work (see biting episode) has been inhabited for a long time, and has a lot of gardens. So all of the garden type plants could be wild, or could be escapes, or hybrids. Or they could be the result of people like one of my ex’s mother who used to plant garden plants in the wild to ‘cheer it up a bit’.

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Rubus idaeus –  Raspberry

This is dangerously in the centre of biting country, next to the railway. But a big thicket of raspberries here – they are common in wet woods and heaths which describes the area well, so may be wild.

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Prunus domestica? – plum

A plum – at the side of a former railway line running through a large village, so most likely to be of garden origin I guess.

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Crap photo Prunus avium? Wild Cherry

As above, didn’t look like a cherry grown for it’s fruit (tiny) so am guessing it is a wild one, or a cultivar grown for flower.

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Rosa cv. Garden rose cultivar, there are about 30,000 possibilities Poss ‘Bleu Magenta’ or ‘Mornington Mauve Rambler’ no idea!

Definitely from a garden as it is escaping over the wall here. I wonder if they get any flower on their side, or if it just shows for the walkers on the path?

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Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn, couldnt find any sloes to confirm it though.

I spent a lot of time looking for blackthorn, so easy to find in the early spring when it is in flower, so invisible at this time of year. Every time I ran up to one thinking ‘Ah there!’ it turned out to be Sallow. The only bit I was relatively confident about had no sloes, so not 100%.


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Malus domestica – apple

Possibly the long term result of an apple core – this is next to a very slow bit of the A281, where the traffic queues every morning.

Agrimonia eupatoria – Agrimony

Another cheat from the previous week, this is one of those plants that I have seen over and over again.  I look it up each year, but because of its name, it doesn’t file properly in my head. There is another plant called Hemp Agrimony or Eupatorium cannabinum which I am more familiar with; and the similarity of the common and latin names just means that another plant called a mixture of the two  causes a complete short circuit in my brain. However now I have written something down, I may be able to file it under a special heading called ‘plants from Rosaceae blog post’ and let it rest there.

Quite a lot of diversity there.  I


3 Comments Add yours

  1. runtezza says:

    Slow wandering blog genre welcome

    1. runtezza says:

      I meant to add great photos!

  2. Sophie says:

    You didn’t pick the easiest family! Lovely pics though (and a rather good excuse for slow wandering…)

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