Field scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris). This plant is edible and can be used in salads.
Lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum). These used to be used to stuff matresses back in the day, because the scent of the flowers would deter fleas.
Giant mushroom! No idea what it’s called. If anyone could tell me that’d be great!
Autumn crocus, or Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale). Notice how there’s no green bits? The flowers come out in the autumn, after the leaves have died away, giving them this eerily beautiful appearance. Took this in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin last year. They are super rare in Ireland and are classed as “critically endangered” on our Red Data list of Irish Plants.
Mountain aven (Dryas octopetala). An Arctic alpine species in the Rosaceae. The Burren is one of the few places where it is found in Ireland, and this was where I found this one.
Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella). Took this in the Burren National Park, Ireland while botanising as part of the Bioblitz May 2013. The leaves taste a bit like Granny Smith apple skins…
Babbingtons leek (Alium babbingtoni). A rare plant of Ireland and the British isles. Found it on Inishmore off the coast of Galway today. It flowers purple in June/July. Hope to go back before the end of the summer and see it in flower.
Chanterelle mushrooms (Cantharellus cibarius). Had a brilliant weekend last September on a mushroom foray. Collected a load of these beauties! Delicious!
Trifolium pratense (Red clover)
These little guys fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and enrich the soil :)
Circium vulgare (Spear Thistle)
Rubus fruticosus, Blackberry
Polytrichum formosum moss, magnified x40. Look at the chloroplasts! :)