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mountain flax - Photo (c) Jon Sullivan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tiggrx's ID: mountain flax (Phormium cookianum)
Posted by tiggrx over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hi tiggrx. I'm useless in terms of contributing IDs, but I wanted to say that I'm loving learning that St Mary's exists and some of the plant life on her shores. Are most of what you've documented free-living, or planted?

Posted by muir over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hi Muir, glad you're enjoying my series of Scilly photos. The islands are milder than most of mainland UK and rarely get major frosts. For many years a large number of exotic plant species have been grown and many have become naturalised. However, it can often be difficult to decide whether and individual plant was planted or not. This particular species of Phormium has been known as naturalised on the island of St Martin's since 1920, where it has become invasive on an area of cliff and is now subject to control efforts. This plant was on the edge of some dunes near houses and it's status not so clear. I've not posted any species which are very obviously planted but some may have been.

Another aspect is that the islands have also long grown bulbs for the flower industry, mainly daffodils but many other species have been grown over time. Some of these still occur as relics in fields while others (such as Bermuda Buttercups and Gladioli) spread away from the fields over much of the islands.

Posted by tiggrx over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Ah, the grey areas of what to call and do about an introduced/alien/exotic/invasive/non-native species. Thanks. Interesting to learn more about the Scilly islands.

Posted by muir over 3 years ago (Flag)
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mountain flax - Photo (c) Jon Sullivan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tiggrx's ID: mountain flax (Phormium cookianum)
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