Brown field site species list

Thanks to Wren Franklin for this list

Basic species list for ST 78791429 – Brown field site below the Exchange, Sturminster Newton

The following list was compiled from a brief scan of the brown field site bellow the Exchange in the centre of Sturminster Newton. The list is far from exhaustive and does not cover grasses or lower plants (mosses, lichens etc).

The low nutrient content of the substrate has enabled this diversity of 40+ species as no one plant has been able to out compete the others. For anybody interested in how nature takes over bare ground this is a great town centre example of succession in action. Many classic pioneer species are already well established and the process of soil formation has begun. These tenacious early settlers in turn create a habitat more suited to other plants and in one hundred or so years you have oak woodland – oak woodland being the climax plant community for this area.

I somehow doubt we will see this full succession play out but we can get a short window into how nature takes care of our ineptitudes.

Common name Latin name
Ragwort sp. Senecio sp.
Rosebay willowherb Chamaenerion angustifolium
Buddleia Buddleja davidii
Teasel Dipsacus fullonum
Hop trefoil Trifolium campestre
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum
Wild pansy Viola tricolor
Hawk bit sp. Leontondon sp.
Vetch Vicia sepium
Daisy Bellis perennis
Cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris
Common mallow Malva sylvestris
Dock Rumex obtusifolius
Silverweed Potentilla anserina
Ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata
Hoary plantain Plantago media
Cherry sp. Prunus sp.
Birch sp. Betula sp.
Common mouse ear Cerastium holosteoides
Thistle sp. x3 Cirsium / carduus / silybum sp.
Black berry Rubus fruticosus
Spurge sp. (poss. caper spurge) Euphorbia sp.
Fat hen Chenopodium album
Hedge woundwort Stachys sylvatica
Common st johns wort Hypericum perforatum
Forget-me-not sp. Myosotis sp.
clover sp. Trifolium sp.
Stinging nettle Urtica dioica
Buttercup sp. Ranunculus sp.
Mossy stonecrop Crassula tillaea
Japanese rose Rosa rugosa
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Willow sp. Salix sp.
Cleavers / goose grass Galium aparine
Fever few Tanacetum parthenium
Cut leaved cranesbill Geranium dissectum
Great mullein Verbascum thapsus
Field madder Sherardia arvensis
Bittercress sp. Cardamine sp.


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