Organisms (epiliths) growing on Rocks
and plants and other organisms growing in the cracks between the rocks

I am a novice to the mosses, lichens etc, so I have avoided identification for the time being, because mistakes and misinformation could occur. The flowering plants and invertebrate fauna are named when I am reasonably sure about their identification.
Epilithic = living on rocks.  The equivalents would be "epixylic" on wood, or "epidendric" on trees - both have lots of Google hits. Purists might also distinguish epicambic for "on bark" but Google gives no hits, so looks like I've just invented that one!
Comment by Malcolm Storey (BioImages) on the on UK Botany (Yahoo Group)


11 February 2021

Wall Rue (an evergreen fern) on a Steyning twitten wall.

Asplenium ruta-muraria

Maidenhair Spleenwort on a Steyning twitten wall.
Asplenium trichomanes

8 January 2007
Lichens and Navelwort decorated the flint wall of St. Julian's Church, Kingston Buci, Shoreham. 
18 June 2006

Greenery in the flint wall of St. Julian's Church, Kington Buci

These plants are not really epiliths (not growing on the rock itself) because they grow from cracks in the flint wall
26 April 2006

The Dandelion in the photograph was growing in the flint wall bordering the twitten next to the railway garden in Shoreham town. Dandelions seem to be more prevalent than usual this year, especially in a plot on the Hamm Road Allotments. (These were rotivated and eliminated on 30 April 2006.) 

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Wild Flowers Addenda 2006

29 September 2005

Greenery in the flint wall of St. Julian's Church, Kington Buci

29 April 2005

Ivy-leaved Toadflax on an old flint wall in Old Shoreham

Ivy-leaved Toadflax was found on old flint walls in Shoreham at this time of the year.