17th May 2021 – achingly beautiful wood millet

Coombe Lane tram stop in Croydon is not the most obvious place to stop and look at plants but, I do, and I’m rewarded by finding what I’m pretty sure are Wood Melick and the Wood Millet which is pictured here.

Close up the Wood Millet flowers are achingly beautiful, with each of the anthers loaded with pollen suspended on a tiny filament. Feathery stigmas peak out of some of the flowers too.

I can’t repeat too often that grasses are the most over-looked of flowering plants.

One comment

  1. Maggie Jennings · · Reply

    I love how you explore the minimal. Thank you for drawing my attention to quietly blooming non-flamboyant plants too

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