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Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica )


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This plant is not native but a type of bluebell introduced into gardens that is rapidly spreading. This plant was in a grass verge near a field, not in a garden. The problem with the spanish bluebell is than it hybridises with our own native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) to produce a fertile cross (Hyacinthoides non-scripta x hispanica) which itself can cross back with our native bluebell. In many places now, the hybrids out number the native bluebell. Ecologists are very worried about the long-term future of our native plant. Spanish bluebells are much more erect than the native plant; hybrids are intermediate. Picture taken 15th May 2006 at Stevington, Bedfordshire.

1st Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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