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Thursday, 10 June 2010


Not a kick ass Canadian prog rock band or a veteran Liverpool and Wales striker but an unusual wetland plant. According to Wade's Flora of Monmouthshire (1970) the blunt flowered rush is a rarity, however the more recent book of the same name produced by Trevor Evans suggest it's present in a few more tetrads, six in total. It therefore was a welcome find when it was located alongside the main road from Pontypool to Crumlin yesterday. Once again just goes to show that the old prejudices displayed by some county naturalists in the 70s 80s and 90s that ' there's nothing of value in Gwent west of the River Usk' is just poppycock - would use a stronger word but I have standards to keep!

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