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What flower is this please


Railcam 14 894 2 Scotland
2 Apr 2021 12:56PM
Today is the first day of freedom in Scotland and I have just visited my local lake to see the Greylag Geese and I came across these splendid flowers on the shore. I have no idea what they are, can the collective EPZ brains help me please.49944_1617364471.jpg
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
2 Apr 2021 1:22PM
Looks like a variety of Lords and Ladies, Arum maculatum, or Cuckoo Pint.

A white tuberous rhizome throws up large arrow-shaped and commonly black-spotted leaves to 45cm in spring.
The flowers, which appear in April and May, are borne at the base of a cylindrical structure called a spadix which is enveloped by a green to purple-tinged membranous hood called a spathe. The flowers are followed in autumn by a conspicuous spike of orange-red berries.

All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Railcam 14 894 2 Scotland
2 Apr 2021 1:43PM
Thanks Chase. It certainly looks like the Arum maculatum example shown in Wikipedia apart from they say (as you have) it has a "pale green spathe or leaf-like hood" whereas this one is bright yellow. If it is as you say I will look forward to seeing the orange-red berries in the autumn.
2 Apr 2021 2:52PM
Busy pulling it out of my garden as it spreads like wild fire. I can only get to the bits showing above ground - hoping that no more seeds (the red berries) will help to eliminate it in time.
2 Apr 2021 4:29PM
Is it this ?
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
2 Apr 2021 5:18PM

Quote:Is it this ?

That looks very much more like it, American Skunk Cabbage.
Looks like it is a concern in Scotland, evidently you should report sightings of the plant here
Railcam 14 894 2 Scotland
2 Apr 2021 5:55PM
That certainly looks more like the specimen I photographed. There was another one about 25 yards away.

I will now report it to NatureScot with a copy to the Estate that owns the lake.

Thank you for prompt responses.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
3 Apr 2021 5:59PM
Agree with the skunk cabbage theory. Our local NT has some thriving by the lake.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
3 Apr 2021 9:40PM
Jeff, you need to report it here
A very invasive plant which it seems does untold damage to other plantlife.
Railcam 14 894 2 Scotland
4 Apr 2021 8:58AM
I tried to email NatureScot on the address shown in their website - but it bounced. I shall 'phone them on Tuesday.

I also emailed the Estate who own the lake and the rare trees that surround it and also run the garden centre. The factor has replied that he will go and have a look and deal with it as necessary. Things are moving.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
4 Apr 2021 6:32PM

Quote:Jeff, you need to report it here
A very invasive plant which it seems does untold damage to other plantlife.



Interesting...NT for Belfast were extolling its virtues only today on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3940615152644069&id=377657965606490
or maybe their species isn't invasive?
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
4 Apr 2021 8:40PM
You may be right but this is what I read ........
In view of its potentially serious harmful impact on Natura 2000 sites, sales and any planting or keeping, including in gardens, is now banned and concerted action is required to contain its invasion and prevent its spread into other countries. As it is included on the EU Species of Union Concern list, the UK, Ireland and EU have produced Risk Assessments (R.As.).
Report all sightings.

I guess if it is reported correctly then the appropriate folk will take any action they need to in order to keep it under control.
I am surprised the NT were advertising they had it on one of their properties but maybe as they know about it they are controlling the spread as needed.
5 Apr 2021 3:59PM
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I remember seeing this in a gardens locally - found it among the multitudes of flower pictures I have taken and it was back in 2011 - and as the gardener who worked in that garden also worked for me I asked him what it was, but he didn't know. I have just found the image (above) and have written to the gardens to let them know (in case they didn't!) and with references to the concern of the Government as to the dangers of invasive species. But as the two sightings are quite far apart distance wise - Dorset and Scotland - and time wise, I suspect that it is very wide spread!
6 Apr 2021 9:40AM
Surprised this morning as the gardens I mentioned have replied so I may as well say that the gardens are Minterne Magna in Dorset. This is the reply

We do have skunk cabbage and keep it under control. The plant is not too invasive for us like other parts of the country and has some real benefits for the garden.

Well done that garden!

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