Flower List for Oldbury Power Station

Agrimony

Bee Orchid

Bittersweet

Black Bryony

Black Medick

Black Mustard

Bluebell

Bramble

Broad-leaved Dock

Buddleia

Camomile

Canadian Fleabane – by jetty. Tiny white/yellow flowers

Cat’s Ear

Chicory – in the wildflower meadow next to car park

Cleavers

Coltsfoot – large leaves, where weather tower used to be

Comfrey

Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil

Common Bistort

Common Centaury

Common Dandelion

Common Dog-violet (white version in wood by orchard)

Common Eyebright – very pretty small plant, on path of Lagoon 3, at SW end.

Common Field-speedwell

Common Fleabane

Common Knapweed

Common Nettle

Common Poppy

Common Ragwort – common yellow plant around the lagoons

Common Restharrow

Common Spotted Orchid - lip divided into three equal lobes and marked with dark pink dashes and broken lines. (Leaves - not shown - spotted.)

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Common Vetch

Cow Parsley

Cowslip

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Cuckooflower

Curled Dock

Cut-leaved Cranesbill

Daisy

Dog Rose

Dog Violet (inc. white-flowered)

Evening-primrose

Fat Hen

Field Bindweed

Field Scabious

Foxglove

Giant Hogweed – not on site currently

Grass Vetchling

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Great Burnet

Great Willowherb

Greater Burdock

Greater Knapweed – paints the meadow next to the car park purple in late summer !

Greater Plantain

Ground Elder

Groundsel

Gypsywort – bank of lake, next to road (where dogs go in lake). Like mint, but with no smell.

Hedge Bindweed

Hedge Woundwort

Hemp Agrimony – Large patches on Lagoon 2

Herb Robert

Hoary Plantain

Hogweed

Ivy

Knotgrass

Lady’s Bedstraw – common on the path round Lagoon 3

Lesser Burdock

Lesser Celandine

Lords-and-Ladies

Marsh Woundwort

Meadow Buttercup

Meadow Thistle – very common (note smooth stems)

Meadow Vetchling

Meadowsweet

Mistletoe

Montbretia – has been escaping from gardens for about 100 years ! Below are the berries. The familiar flowers are also bright orange.

Mugwort

Musk Mallow

Nipplewort

Opium Poppy – garden escape, Lagoon 2

Oxeye Daisy

Perforate St John's-wort – along tarmac’d path to Lagoon 2

Pink Campion

Prickly Sow-thistle

Primrose

Purple-loosestrife

Pyramidal Orchid

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Ragged Robin

Red Bartsia – low-lying but distinctive, along the paths round Lagoon 2

Red Clover

Red dead-nettle

Ribwort

Rosebay Willowherb

Salad Burnet

Scarlet Pimpernel

Scentless Mayweed – Lagoon 3, by the stone pile

Sea Plantain

Selfheal

Short-fruited Willowherb

Slender Thistle

Smooth Cats Ear

Smooth Tare

Snowdrop

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Southern Marsh Orchid - rounded side lobes and a small toothlike central lobe; marked with darker dots and dashes. (Leaves - not shown - usually unspotted.)

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Spear-leaved Orache - along shore, especially by the jetty

Spear Thistle

Spotted Medick – black spots in the centre of clover-like leaves. On Lagoon paths.

Sun Spurge – around the jetty fence

Sweet Violet (white form) – near orchard.

Tansy

Tall Melilot – common on path of Lagoon 2

Teasel

Traveller’s Joy (aka Old Man’s Beard)

Tufted Vetch

Upright Hedge Parsley

Water Mint – Lagoon 2

White Clover

Wild Angelica

Wild Carrot – the white flowerheads have a single purple flower in the middle (cultivated carrots belong to a different subspecies).

Wild Radish - along shore, especially by the jetty

Wood Anemone

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Wood Avens

Yarrow

Yellow Loosestrife

 

 

 

Water Plants

Bistort

Water Starwort

Hornwort

Great Reedmace

Fool’s Watercress – in the rhines (or on the banks after the farmer’s dredging !)

 

 

 

Trees & Shrubs

Alder

Apple

Ash

Aspen – shimmers in wind. Tall specimens along main rhine, by entrance. Round, toothed leaves.

Beech

Bird Cherry

Black Poplar – quite large, heart-shaped leaves. Tall, thin trees.

Box

Buckthorn

Cotoneaster (C. franchetti), Franchet's Cotoneaster. Single plant at north end of Lagoon 2 (red-orange berries in Sept). Non-native, garden escape, spread by birds eating the berries. (Note that many Cotoneaster, e.g. C. horizontalis, but NOT this one, cause problems to native plants by spreading and are illegal to plant in wild (i.e. added to Sched 9 of Wildlife & Countryside Act in 2010).)

 

Crab Apple

Crack Willow – the hedge across Lagoon 1 shows Crack Willow (yellowy branches, green leaves, on left) and White Willow (green branches, darker green and longer leaves with white backs, on right)

Damson

Dogwood

Elder

Elm – a good specimen is along the bridleway at far end of lake, which runs along the SW side of Lagoon 3. On left of path (over ditch), the first tree in the tall hedge just before path zig-zags.

Field Maple – distinguished from Sycamore by sides of fruit being in a straight line. Large example on far side of main rhine, just down from entrance.

Guelder Rose

Hawthorn

Hazel

Hornbeam - 4 specimens in hedge that runs from road along SW side of Lagoon 3.

 

Lime

Pear

Pussy Willow

Sallow

Scot’s Pine – all the pine trees on-site are this species.

Sea Buckthorn – the large silvery bush on the seawall of Lagoon 1

Silver Birch

Sloe (aka Blackthorn) – white flowers before leaves appear, early Spring

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Spindle – pink fruit in late autumn. Specimen along tarmac’d path to Lagoon 2, near old visitor centre

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Sweet Chestnut – the only specimen is on the lawn in front of the Gatehouse/old Visitor Centre

Sycamore

Turkey Oak – nice specimen on right of approach road. Acorns have ‘hairy’ base.

  

Wayfaring Tree – shrub with red and black berries, Lagoon 2

White Poplar – large specimen at SW end of Lagoon 3. White back to grey leaves.

White Willow – see photo under ‘Crack Willow’, above.

Wild Cherry – heavy fruiting tree by the entrance (flowers in April)

Wych Elm – note the unsymmetrical leaves at the stalk end – this identifies Elms. Nearly all the hedge on the left side of the tarmac’d path from car park to Lagoon 2 contains Wych Elm, especially at the end by the pond.

Yew – there are only two specimens on-site, both on Lagoon 2. Largest at South end, next to path.

 

 

Shore Plants

Sea Aster – common succulent plant on saltmarsh with purple and yellow daisy-like flowers

Spiral Wrack

Bladder Wrack – commonest black seaweed along the shore

Common Cord Grass – binds soft silt mud together at exposed side of salt-marsh

Marram Grass – Taller, grey-green grass, on the land-side of saltmarsh.

The photo below is of the saltmarsh at Shepperdine, showing the two above grasses (with more commoner grasses on the seawall).

Annual Seablite

 

Ferns, Mosses, Algae and Lichens

Hartstongue

Blue-green Algae

Hard Shield-fern

 

Grasses

Common Reed – the reeds in the large beds on Lagoons 2 & 3

False Fox Sedge

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Fungi

Bay Bolete

Common Puffball

Crimson Wax Cap

Dog Vomit Slime Mold

 

Drab Bonnet

 

Field Mushroom

Honey Fungus

Horse Mushroom

Ivory Waxcap

Peppery Roundhead

 

Rufous Milkcap

 

Shaggy Inkcap

Stubble Rosegill

 

Spectacular Rustgill Mushroom – not edible

Taphrina alni (Alder Tongue)

 

Yellow Fieldcap

Willow Bracket

 

No. of species = 192