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Flora
On Saturday July 4th 2015 Roger Maskew led a walk of Hartlebury Common Local Group members on Hartlebury Common to look at some of the special plants that can be found there. Roger is the author of the recently published definitive guide to the plants of our area, The Flora of Worcestershire, and was amazing knowledgable about the wild flowers, grasses etc to be found on the common. He identified 55 species of Wild Flower and 20 species of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes.
Here is a list of the Flowers, grasses, sedges and rushes that were seen on Hartlebury Common on the 4th July 2015:

Wild Flowers

Aspen - Populus tremula
Bell Heather - Erica cinerea
Birdsfoot Trefoil - Lotus corniculatus
Black Horehound - Ballota nigra

Bog Pondweed - Potamogeton polygonifolius
Bog Stitchwort - Stellaria alsine
Bogbean - Menyanthes trifoliata
Canadian Fleabane - Conyza canadensis
Cat’s-ear - Hypochaeris radicata
Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea
Common Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Common Ragwort - Senecio vulgaris
Cross-leaved Heath - Erica tetralix
Domestic apple - Malus pumila
European Gorse - Ulex europaeus
Large-flowered Evening-primrose - Oenothera glazioviana
Greater Burdock - Arctium lappa
Hare’s-foot Clover - Trifolium arvense
Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia
Heath Bedstraw - Galium saxatile
Hedge Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica
Hemlock - Conium maculatum
Hogweed - Heracleum sphondylium
Dutch Rose - Rosa ‘Hollandica’
Lady’s Bedstraw - Galium verum
Lesser Spearwort - Ranunculus flamula
Marsh Bedstraw - Galium palustre
Marsh Cinquefoil - Comarum palustre
Marsh Pennywort - Hydrocotyle vulgaris
Marsh Thistle - Cirsium palustre
Mouse-ear Hawkweed - Pilosella officinarum
Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
Musk Thistle - Carduus nutans
Perforated St John’s Wort - Hypericum perforatum
Prickly Sow-thistle - Sonchus asper
Red Campion - Silene dioica
Red Sand Spurrey - Spergularia rubra
Ribwort Plantain - Plantago lanceolata
Rosebay Willowherb - Chamerion angustifolium
Rough Chervil - Chaerophyllum temulum
Garden Tree-mallow - Malva x clementii
Round-headed Poppy - Papaver rhoeas
Sheep’s Sorrel - Rumex acetosella
Sheep’s-bit - Jasione montana
Smooth Hawk’s-beard - Crepis capilaris
Soft Crane’s-bill - Geranium molle
Tormentil - Potentilla erecta
Pink Water-speedwell - Veronica catenata
White Bryony - Bryonia dioica
White Campion - Silene latifolia
Wild Onion - Allium vineale
Wild Thyme - Thymus polytrichus
Wood sage - Teucrium scorodonia
Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
Yellow Iris - Iris pseudacorus

Grasses, sedges and rushes

Barren Brome - Anisantha sterilis
Bladder Sedge - Carex vesicaria
Bottle Sedge - Carex rostrata
Common Bent-grass - Agrostis capillaris
Compact Rush - Juncus conglomeratus
Common Cottongrass - Eriophorum angustifolium
Crested Dog’s tail - Cynosurus cristatus
False Oat-grass - Arrhenatherum elatius
Greater Reedmace - Typha latifolia
Hard Rush - Juncus inflexus
Pill Sedge - Carex pilulifera
Purple Moor-grass - Molinia caerulea
Red Fescue - Festuca rubra
Squirreltail Fescue - Vulpia bromioides
Sweet Vernal-grass - Anthoxanthum odoratum
Toad Rush - Juncus bufonius
Wall Barley - Hordium murinum
Wavy Hair-grass - Deschampsia flexuosa
White Sedge - Carex canescens
Yorkshire Fog - Holcus lanatus
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For details of Roger Maskew's book 'The Flora of Worcestershire' see here.