Submitted by JamieG on Tue, 30/07/2019 - 18:02

    Hi, I found this in a relatively newly seeded wildflower meadow at Brocks Hill - it looks like Pennyroyal, but not sure...

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    Submitted by sue on Sun, 11/08/2019 - 13:39

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    hi Jamie,

    I think pennyroyal is likely to turn up in these situations although it's no longer found as a native in VC55, as far as I know.  I don't think we could ID it with confidence from your photos - your plant seems to have a tuft of leaves at the top, which is key to pennyroyal and to Corn mint, Mentha arvensis, and its various hybrids.  Pennyroyal usually has small leaves, <1cm, but I don't think this is too reliable.  The keys are a bit too complicated to repeat here, but deal with details of the calyx.  The exserted stamens might suggest M x smithiana?  I think you may need to refer to the keys in Stace, or have your specimen checked out by one of the County Recorders,

    Sue

     

    Submitted by JamieG on Mon, 12/08/2019 - 20:40

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    Hi Sue,

    Ok thanks for the information - sorry I didn't check this before I submitted it as a possible record. I'll have to try and find it again amongst the other meadow plants!