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Jul 22, 2012 9:07 PM

Yellow Flowered Cliff Dweller

Hi,

 

Is anybody able to help me identify this cliff dwelling plant found at Lulworth Cove.
When crushed it smelled citrus-like.

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Many Thanks,

Matt

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    Jul 22, 2012 10:46 PM (in response to emdiesse)
    Re: Yellow Flowered Cliff Dweller

    It looks like Rock Samphire to me, See: http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/S/Samphire(Rock)/Samphire(Rock).htm

     

    Regards

     

    Habdab

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        Jul 23, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to emdiesse)
        Re: Yellow Flowered Cliff Dweller

        Hi,

        I agree with Habdab, the larger, yellowish green, plant, without flowers, in your first pic is Rock Samphire, Crithmum maritimum, which has flowers in an umbel and smells like furniture polish when crushed.

        The plant in your second pic, and the origin of the yellow daisy-like fowers in your first pic, is a different thing altogether...

        It is a member of the Dewplant or Aizoaceae family. I am pretty sure it is Hottentot-fig, Carpobrotus edulis, an invasive alien.

         

        Cheers,

        Jen

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            Jul 23, 2012 3:49 PM (in response to emdiesse)
            Re: Yellow Flowered Cliff Dweller

            You're very welcome.

            If the Samphire is growing in a Nature Reserve you may not collect any of it.

            Outside of that it is more of a moral issue... If you collect a little from several plants and do not damage the reproductive fitness of the plant e.g. by removing or damaging flowers or uprooting, most would deem it okay to forage for wild food. However always bear in mind that something like Rock Samphire grows in an harsh environment and probably grows slowly and has to put alot of energy into any growth made - only ever pick what you will use...

            There is useful information and links here.

             

            Hope that helps...

            Jen

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