in June on the shingle of Shoreham Beach, its only location in the British
Isles. This small naturalised ground plant has been known from this area
for two centuries (discovered in 1804).
pic, by David Wood.
History and Wildlife of the South Downs
by Denis Healey)
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from the chapter "The Adur to the Arun"
Clover is the real gem of this important site. This clover has short
stems and soft hairy leaves and the small white flowers which bloom in
May and June are held together in rounded heads and each is surrounded
by a crimson star-shaped calyx.
When in fruit the flower heads with their white soft hairs, look even more
like clusters of stars against the backdrop of beach pebbles. The whole
plant is prostrate and forms large mats on the upper beach. Starry Clover
has been known on this site since early in the nineteenth century and is
believed to have entered Shoreham Harbour in the ballast of ships returning
from the Mediterranean. If you have not seen this plant before it may take
you some time to spot it for the first time, but once you have 'got your
eye in' you should easily find the places where it grows.
Beach only. On shingle near the Old Fort.
known from Dartford, Tilbury, Clacton, Harlow Mills (Essex).
desert plant, that has been killed in large numbers by flooding by fresh
water, when the small plant has invaded gardens from the shingle, either
deliberately or accidentally.
small Field Grasshopper
hopped amongst amongst the late flowering
patch of Starry Clover
near the Old Fort.
stumbled over a small patch of Starry Clover
in flower on a south-facing bank near
the Old Fort car park.
have discovered Starry Clover
growing in my garden at 58 Riverside Road, Shoreham Beach. I know it used
to grow at my mother's house at 49 Riverside Road but it was killed off
by flooding river water. Other nearby locations have been "developed".
send any records of this plant, with location, date, who discovered it,
how it was identified, prevalence, common name and any other details to
Project EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com.
All messages will receive
Coast (Coastal Fringe of Shoreham Beach)