Worcestershire Record No. 19 November 2005 pp. 44-46

CASTLEMORTON COMMON FLORA October 2005

Keith Barnett

Castlemorton Common (including Berrow Downs) is an area of open low-lying common land that steadily arises to the lower eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills near Welland. A SSSI, it consists of unimproved rough grassland, scrub, marsh, woodland, ditches, ponds and two streams, with a complex wet or dry, acid, neutral or basic vegetation mosaic (varying in scale locally) of different plant communities. Of prime importance are the Commonís grassland communities, including dry, species-rich areas and the marsh grassland that is associated with a high water table. A number of pollarded Black Poplars (Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia) and willows are prominent beside the ponds and streams. It is undoubtedly one of the most botanically important sites of its kind in the country, and is home to a number of rare or scarce plants.

As a recent complete listing of the siteís plants is not generally available, I decided that in 2005 I would see how many species I could find. With the help of Roger Maskew (RM), Bert Reid (AWR) and Peter Garner (PGG) I managed to note 441 species. To this total probably could have been added many other records for plants believed to be present but not observed this year, including not only hybrids but also some critical Rubus, Rosa and Taraxacum species which have been seen here earlier and expertly determined. The overall total present in an area of only 158 hectares is certainly in the region of 500 species. I have deliberately made no attempt to record the habitat, frequency etc. of each species seen: my aim was simply for a brief checklist.

Species that were noted only in the adjacent Gullet Quarry (8) or on the lower slopes of Swinyard Hill, neither of which can strictly be considered as part of the Common, have been excluded. All records are from K Barnett (KB) unless stated otherwise.

Flora Species List for Castlemorton Common:
 
Acer campestre
Acer pseudoplatanus
Achillea millefolium
Achillea ptarmica
Aesculus hippocastanum
Aethusa cynapium
Agrimonia eupatoria
Agrostis canina sensu stricto KB/AWR
Agrostis capillaris
Agrostis stolonifera
Aira caryophyllea
Aira praecox
Ajuga reptans
Alisma plantago-aquatica
Alliaria petiolata
Allium ursinum
Alnus glutinosa
Alopecurus geniculatus
Alopecurus pratensis
Anagallis arvensis ssp. arvensis
Anagallis tenella
Angelica sylvestris
Anisantha sterilis
Anthoxanthum odoratum
Anthriscus sylvestris
Aphanes arvensis sensu stricto
Aphanes inexspectata
Apium inundatum
Apium nodiflorum
Aquilegia vulgaris
Arabidopsis thaliana
Arctium lappa
Arctium minus agg.
Arena serpyllifolia ssp. leptoclados
Arenaria serpyllifolia ssp. serpyllifolia
Arrhenatherum elatius
Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia vulgaris
Arum maculatum
Asplenium ruta-muraria
Athyrium filix-femina
Atriplex patula
Atriplex prostrata sensu stricto
Ballota nigra
Bellis perennis
Betula pendula
Betula pubescens KB/AWR
Bidens tripartita
Blysmus compressus
Brachypodium sylvaticum
Briza media
Bromopsis erecta
Bromopsis ramosus
Bromus hordeaceus ssp .hordeaceus
Bromus racemosus
Bryonia dioica
Calamagrostis epigejos
Callitriche agg.
Callitriche stagnalis sensu stricto KB/AWR
Calluna vulgaris
Calystegia sepium
Calystegia silvatica
Campanula rotundifolia
Capsella bursa-pastoris
Cardamine flexuosa
Cardamine hirsuta
Cardamine pratensis
Carduus crispus
Carduus nutans
Carex caryophyllea
Carex distans KB/RM
Carex disticha
Carex divulsa ssp. divulsa
Carex echinata
Carex flacca
Carex hirta
Carex hostiana KB/RM
Carex nigra
Carex otrubae
Carex ovalis
Carex panicea
Carex pendula
Carex pulicaris
Carex remota
Carex spicata
Carex viridula ssp. oedocarpa
Carex x fulva KB/RM
Carlina vulgaris
Castanea sativa
Centaurea nigra
Centaurium erythraea
Centaurium pulchellum
Centranthus ruber
Cerastium fontanum
Cerastium glomeratum
Cerastium semidecandrum
Chaerophyllum temulum
Chamaemelum nobile
Chamerion angustifolium
Chenopodium album sensu stricto
Chenopodium polyspermum
Chenopodium rubrum
Circaea lutetiana
Cirsium acaule
Cirsium arvense
Cirsium eriophorum
Cirsium palustre
Cirsium vulgare
Clematis vitalba
Clinopodium ascendens
Clinopodium vulgare
Conium maculatum
Conopodium majus
Convolvulus arvensis
Cornus sanguinea
Coronopus didymus
Coronopus squamatus
Corylus avellana
Cotoneaster horizontalis sensu stricto
Crassula helmsii
Crataegus monogyna
Crepis capillaris
Crepis vesicaria
Cruciata laevipes
Cymbalaria muralis
Cynosurus cristatus
Cytisus scoparius
Dactylis glomerata
Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Dactylorhiza praetermissa
Danthonia decumbens
Daucus carota
Deschampsia cespitosa
Digitalis purpurea
Dipsacus fullonum
Dryopteris dilatata
Dryopteris filix-mas
Eleocharis palustris
Eleocharis quinqueflora PGG
Eleocharis uniglumis KB and PGG
Eleogiton fluitans
Elytrigia repens
Epilobium ciliatum
Epilobium hirsutum
Epilobium montanum
Epilobium obscurum
Epilobium parviflorum
Epilobium tetragonum
Equisetum arvense
Equisetum arvense x fluviatile (E. x litorale) KB/AWR
Equisetum palustre KB/AWR
Equisetum telmateia
Erodium cicutarium sensu stricto
Erophila glabrescens
Erophila verna sensu stricto Stace
Erysimum cheiranthoides
Eupatoria cannabinum
Euphorbia amygdaloides
Euphorbia helioscopia
Euphorbia peplus
Euphrasia agg.
Festuca arundinacea
Festuca ovina agg.
Festuca pratensis
Festuca rubra agg.
Filipendula ulmaria
Fragaria vesca
Fraxinus excelsior
Fumaria officinalis
Galeopsis bifida
Galium aparine
Galium palustre ssp. palustre
Galium saxatile
Galium verum
Genista anglica
Genista tinctoria
Geranium dissectum
Geranium molle
Geranium pratense
Geranium robertianum
Geum urbanum
Glechoma hederacea
Glyceria declinata
Glyceria fluitans
Glyceria notata
Gnaphalium uliginosum
Hedera helix
Heracleum sphondylium
Hieracium agg.
Holcus lanatus
Holcus mollis
Hordeum murinum
Hordeum secalinum
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Hydrocotyle vulgaris
Hypericum hirsutum
Hypericum humifusum
Hypericum maculatum
Hypericum maculatum x perforatum (H x desetangsii)
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum pulchrum
Hypericum tetrapterum
Hypochaeris radicata
Ilex aquifolium
Iris pseudacorus
Isolepis setacea
Juncus acutiflorus
Juncus articulatus
Juncus bufonius sensu stricto
Juncus bulbosus KB/AWR
Juncus conglomeratus
Juncus effusus
Juncus inflexus
Juncus tenuis
Koeleria macrantha KB/AWR
Lamium album
Lamium amplexicaule
Lamium purpureum
Lapsana communis
Larix decidua
Lathyrus linifolius
Lathyrus nissolia
Lathyrus pratensis
Lemna minor
Leontodon autumnalis
Leontodon saxatilis
Leucanthemum vulgare
Leycesteria formosa
Ligustrum vulgare
Linaria vulgaris
Linum bienne
Linum catharticum
Linum usitatissimum
Listera ovata
Lolium perenne
Lonicera periclymenum
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus pedunculatus
Luzula campestris
Luzula multiflora ssp. congesta
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Lycopus europaeus
Lysimachia nemorum
Lysimachia nummularia
Lysimachia punctata
Lythrum portula
Malus domestica
Malus sylvestris sensu stricto
Malva moschata
Malva neglecta
Malva sylvestris
Matricaria discoidea
Matricaria recutita
Medicago lupulina
Mentha aquatica
Mentha aquatica x arvensis (Mentha x verticillata)
Mentha arvensis
Mercurialis perennis
Mimulus moschatus
Moehringia trinervia
Moenchia erecta
Molinia caerulea agg.
Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea
Montia fontana agg.
Myosotis arvensis
Myosotis discolor ssp. discolor
Myosotis discolor ssp. dubia
Myosotis laxa
Myosotis scorpioides
Myriophyllum spicatum KB/RM
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ssp. pseudonarcissus
Nardus stricta
Nymphaea marliacea
Odontites vernus
Oenanthe fistulosa
Oenanthe lachenalii KB/AWR
Oenanthe pimpinelloides KB/AWR
Oenanthe silaifolia KB/AWR
Oenothera agg.
Ononis repens
Ophioglossum vulgatum
Ornithopus perpusillus
Oxalis corniculata
Papaver dubium ssp. lecoqii
Papaver dubium ssp. dubium
Papaver rhoeas
Papaver somniferum
Pedicularis sylvatica ssp. sylvatica
Pentaglottis sempervirens
Persicaria hydropiper
Phleum bertolonii
Phleum pratense sensu stricto
Picris echioides
Pilosella officinarum
Pimpinella saxifraga
Pinus sylvestris
Plantago coronopus
Plantago lanceolata
Plantago major ssp. intermedia KB/AWR
Plantago major ssp. major
Poa annua
Poa nemoralis
Poa trivialis
Polygala serpyllifolia KB/AWR and RM
Polygala vulgaris
Polygonum arenastrum
Polygonum aviculare sensu stricto
Polystichum setiferum
Populus alba x tremula (P x canescens)
Populus deltoides x nigra (P x canadensis
Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia
Potamogeton natans
Potentilla anglica
Potentilla anserina
Potentilla erecta
Potentilla reptans
Potentilla sterilis
Primula veris
Primula vulgaris
Prunella vulgaris
Prunus avium
Prunus domestica agg.
Prunus domestica ssp. insititia KB/AWR
Prunus spinosa
Pteridium aquilinum
Pulicaria dysenterica
Pyrus communis
Quercus cerris KB/AWR
Quercus robur
Ranunculus acris
Ranunculus aquatilis sensu stricto
Ranunculus auricomus
Ranunculus bulbosus
Ranunculus ficaria agg.
Ranunculus flammula
Ranunculus hederaceus
Ranunculus parviflorus
Ranunculus peltatus
Ranunculus repens
Ranunculus sceleratus
Ranunculus trichophyllus KB/RM
Raphanes raphanistrum
Reseda luteola
Rhamnus cathartica
Ribes rubrum
Ribes uva-crispa
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum sensu stricto
Rorippa palustris
Rosa arvensis
Rosa canina agg.
Rosa stylosa PGG
Rubus fruticosus agg.
Rubus tuberculatus KB/RM
Rubus ulmifolius
Rumex acetosa
Rumex acetosella
Rumex conglomeratus
Rumex crispus
Rumex obtusifolius
Rumex pulcher
Rumex sanguineus
Sagina apetala ssp. apetala
Sagina apetala ssp. erecta
Sagina procumbens
Salix alba
Salix caprea
Salix caprea x S. cinerea (S. x reichardtii) KB/AWR
Salix cinerea ssp. cinerea
Salix cinerea ssp. oleifolia (det. R D Meikle 2002)
Salix fragilis
Sambucus nigra
Scrophularia auriculata
Scrophularia nodosa
Sedum acre
Sedum album
Senecio aquaticus
Senecio erucifolius
Senecio jacobaea
Senecio squalidus
Senecio viscosus
Senecio vulgaris var. vulgaris
Serratula tinctoria
Sherardia arvensis
Silaum silaus
Silene dioica
Silene latifolia
Sinapis arvensis
Sison amomum
Sisymbrium officinale
Solanum dulcamara
Solanum nigrum
Solanum tuberosum
Sonchus arvensis
Sonchus asper
Sonchus oleraceus
Sorbus torminalis
Sparganium erectum
Spergularia rubra
Stachys officinalis
Stachys palustris
Stachys sylvatica
Stellaria graminea
Stellaria holostea
Stellaria media
Stellaria uliginosa
Succisa pratensis
Syringa vulgaris
Tamus communis
Tanacetum parthenium
Taraxacum agg.
Taxus baccata
Teucrium scorodonia
Thymus polytrichus
Tilia cordata
Tilia cordata x platyphyllos (T x vulgaris)
Tilia platyphyllos
Torilis japonica
Tragopogon pratensis
Trifolium dubium
Trifolium fragiferum
Trifolium medium
Trifolium micranthum
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium repens
Trifolium striatum
Triglochin palustre
Tripleurospermum inodorum
Trisetum flavescens
Tussilago farfara
Ulex europaeus
Ulex gallii
Ulmus glabra
Ulmus procera
Urtica dioica
Urtica urens
Verbascum thapsus
Veronica arvensis
Veronica beccabunga
Veronica catenata
Veronica chamaedrys
Veronica hederifolia sub-species hederifolia
Veronica hederifolia ssp. lucorum
Veronica officinalis
Veronica persica
Veronica polita
Veronica scutellata
Veronica serpyllifolia
Vicia cracca
Vicia hirsuta
Vicia sativa ssp .nigra
Vicia sativa ssp. segetalis
Vicia sepium
Vicia tetrasperma
Viola arvensis
Viola canina
Viola odorata
Viola reichenbachiana
Viola riviniana
Viscum album
Vulpia bromoides
 

Keith Barnett 20 December 2005


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