Rare Plant Register Updates

A new account, for Cut-grass (Leersia oryzoides), has been added to the Rare Plant Register. It was formerly present on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal but has not been found since 1993, probably due to unsympathetic management of the canal bank. The specific name refers to its resemblance to Oryza, better known as rice. It is sometimes called Rice Cutgrass or Ricegrass. A distribution map and a gallery of images are available in the BSBI Plant Atlas 2020.

In addition, thirteen accounts have been updated with the latest information. These are: Spreading Bellflower (Campanula patula), Starved Wood-sedge (Carex depauperata), Divided Sedge (Carex divisa), Long-bracted Sedge (Carex extensa), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Common Scurvygrass (Cochlearia officinalis), Pyrenean Scurvygrass (Cochlearia pyrenaica subsp. alpina), Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride), Greater Dodder (Cuscuta europaea), Brown Galingale (Cyperus fuscus), Brittle Bladder-fern (Cystopteris fragilis), Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), and Narrow Male-fern (Dryopteris cambrensis).

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