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Flowers of the Ceredigion Coastal Path


Coastal plants in Ceredigion - especially those on the sea cliffs and on the thin soils above are in many ways much like Alpine plants. They are often exposed to strong winds so they tend to be small  and ground hugging. They must also be able to tolerate the often considerable salt spray. Many of them  are tiny gems - easily missed unless you look carefully. Some of the larger plants, fleshy and thick-leaved are found on shingle banks and dunes close to the beach. They are all salt tolerant, have wide root systems to catch the rain which rapidly drains away, and thick leaves and stems for water storage.

Thrift

Thrift  Armeria maritima

Stonecrop

Stonecrop Sedum angelicum

Squill

Spring Squill Scilla verna

Bird's foot trefoil

Bird's Foot Trefoil  Lotus corniculatus

Marsh Orchid

Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza purpurella

Mallow

Mallow Malva silvestris

Lousewort

Lousewort Pedicularis sylvatica

Bucks Horn Plantian

Buck's Horn Plantain  Plantago coronopus

Sea Campion

Sea Campion Silene maritima

Sea Beet

Sea Beet  Beta maritima

Sheeps Bit Scabious

Sheep's Bit Jasione montana

Kidney Vetch

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria  with Thrift

Samphire

Samphire Crithmum maritimum

 

All photos Rod Attrill 2003

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