Hop - Humulus lupulus
Climbing plant supported by tough backward pointing hairs on the stems. The leaves are opposite. The flowers are unisexual and pendulous. The green female flower resembles a soft pine cone.
Hedgerows, riverbanks and scrub.
Flowering July and August.
Fairly frequent in England and Wales less common further north.
Has a curious distribution in Leicestershire and Rutland but is fairly common in the Soar valley. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 202 of the 617 tetrads.
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