Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Coralroot bittercress, Cardamine bulbifera, is in flower now. This is a scarce plant with a curiously disjuct distribution (see map here) and one of its strongholds in in the Weald of East Sussex and Kent. It is found in many of the woods between Bodiam and Robertsbridge and in one or two places in and around Hastings. A good site is in a small wood crossed by a public footpath off Bluemans Lane, Westfield (TQ796157) - on the north east side of the bend.
The plant grows in woodlands and beside shady streams and is up to 1 metre tall. It can make a fine sight among bluebells. Reproduction is normally by the small purple bulbils in the leaf axils as in the photo above.