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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Here be a corpse!

Received a tip off that large stands of corpse flower or to use its more common name toothwort were showing well in Pontypool Park. A quick visit located two stands of more than 100 spikes under trees adjacent to the Afon Lwyd to the north and south of the Active Living Centre. Checking the Flora of Monmouthshire its distribution is predominately Wye Valley and towards the Black Mountains with only one or two records from the Eastern Valley. This got me thinking and a quick back of fag packet inventory of sites I had come across over the years total at least seven between Cwmavon and Abersychan. By the way its sometimes referred to as corpse flower as it was thought to indicate a buried body - creepy!

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