Monday, 6 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day 6 - Identiplant scavenger hunt 4

Today for 30 Days Wild I was once again on a lunch break quest to find plants with certain characteristics for one of my Identiplant assignments. I went to the railway embankment again and found a plant with tendrils (Hairy Tare - Vicia hirsuta), one with leaves that have a mucronate tip (Black Medick - Medicago lupulina), and one with leaves that have a cuneate base (Russian Comfrey - Symphytum x uplandicum). Tendrils are pretty self-explanatory; a mucronate tip is a little point or bristle on the end of an otherwise round or blunt-ended leaf; and a cuneate leaf base is pointed or wedge shaped.

Hairy Tare (Vicia hirsuta).

Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum).

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina).
Hairy Tare (Vicia hirsuta) showing its tendrils.
Russian Comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) and
Black Medick (Medicago lupulina). View full size and you should be able to see the tiny mucronate tips of the Black Medick leaves.

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