Garchinger Heide – The more I see, the less I know

Yesterday, I took my son out for a quick walk through the Garchinger Heide, which is really turning into my favourite spot to watch plants and butterflies. Every time I go there, there are new species of flowers blooming. Every time I go there, I see a lot of stuff that I don’t know. I try my best to identify from my pictures. I don’t carry around my flora guide, and keying out with my son around is not really something that works. Nevertheless, I enjoy it a lot, and he seems to be into it too.

Not much writing today – Garchinger Heide posts need pictures!

Feel free to correct me in the comments. I am probably wrong a few times.

Mouse-ear hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum)
This must be ox-eye (Buphtalmum salicifolium)
What are you, my friend…? Turns out to be common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris), which was my first guess as well. Thanks Rutger!
Perennial flax (Linum perenne)
Species lists tell me Campanula patula, C. glomerata, and C. rotundifolia occur here. I think the list is incomplete. According to my plant man Rutger, it could be C. trachelium. Possible, although the leaves are less nettle-like than the comparison pictures I find.
Black mullein (Verbascum nigrum)
Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) – I can’t help it. I like them.
Purple crown vetch (Securigera varia) – super abundant!
Carthusian pink (Dianthus carthusianorum) – if you ask me, all these Dianthus look alike, but according to species lists, the Carthusian one is the one that occurs here
My good old friend, ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris)
Interesting name, the Nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans)
And its cousin the bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)
Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare)
I suck at Apiaceae – it could be (Peucedanum oreoselinum)
I don’t know what this is? It could Antennaria dioica but I’m not so sure…
White swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum hirundaria)
Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)
A horrible picture of a bunch of marbled whites (Melanargia galathea) on Scabiosa that were flying by the hundreds, but refuse to sit still or let me come close
Lots of this stuff, which I think is prostrate Canary clover (Lotus dorycnium)
I guess this is greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa)
Inula hirta – which apparently has no English name
Common hedgenettle (Betonica officinalis)

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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