Species of the Month - May 2018

Each month we feature a picture of a species to be found on The Commons. Wherever possible, all species featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring Bogbean ( Menyanthes trifoliate).  This beautiful flower is found in bogs, fens and shallow ponds. Due to changing water levels over the years its location and quantity have varied. At present it can be found on the south side of the Beck in the northern part of the central cut area.

It has three large leaflets that look like a broad bean. Its exquisite flowers are white stars, flushed with pink and fringed with long white hairs.  18th Century botanist William Curtis compared it favourably with the most exotic and costly foreign blooms and was sorry that it ‘wastes its beauty in the desart (sic) air’. In the Middle Ages it was recommended as a cure for scurvy. The Irish reckoned it got rid of boils and purified the blood, whilst in Northern England its bitter-tasting leaves were used to flavour beer. Other vernacular names include buckbean, marsh trefoil and bog-nut.

We are proud to use the Bogbean as our logo!

More pictures and information can be found on the  Wildlife Trusts’ website.

 Click here to see the other Species of the month in 2018.

Click here to see the Species of the Month for last year, or here for 2016's Plants of the Month.