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First Suffolk record. Peter Sell writes that most of this group of hawkweeds is introduced, but have been here for a long time. Inula helenium L., Elecampane. Trackside opposite Moat Farm, Bures St Mary, TL9234, September, Miller, Mr N. Stanstead, TL8450, July, Hartley, R.F. et al. Like the Cephalaria mentioned above, this is another persistent garden escape. The Stanstead site was first noted some 20 years ago by Dr K. T. Brown. Conyza sumatrensis (Retz.) E. Walker, Guernsey Fleabane. Between August and October I found this species in the following 1-km squares in Ipswich: TM1644, TM1743, TM1744, TM1843, TM1544, TM1645, TM1545, TM1347. It still seems to be mainly found in urban areas like: pavement by church, Felixstowe, TM3034, 10 September, Sanford, Mr M.N. Bury St Edmunds, TL8564, 26 September, Sanford, Mr M.N. Weavers Lane, Sudbury, TL8741, October, Hartley, R.F. et al. Area of the Bull bottle, Long Melford, TL8646, October, Hartley, R.F. et al. Toby Abrehart has ‘got his eye in’ for this species in his area and found plants at: Wrentham, TM4982; Worlingham, TM4589; Beccles, TM4290; and even on Covehithe Cliffs, TM5281. It is likely to continue its rapid spread throughout the County and will gradually move into less urban places as genetic selection increases its hardiness. Please also look out for Conyza bilbaoana (see Mundell, 2001); another, possibly even more invasive, fleabane already established in Surrey, Dorset, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire. Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., Ragweed. Garden weed at Kelsale-cum-Carlton, TM3865, Westcott, Mrs J., det. Lawson, Mr P.G. Garden weed at Parham, TM3060, Culpan, Mrs D., det. Sanford, Mr M.N. An occasional alien which seems to usually appear as a garden weed, perhaps arising from split bird-seed. Eleocharis quinqueflora (Hartmann) O. Schwarz, Few-flowered Spike-rush. Hopton Fen, in Cladium swamp, TL9980, 25 July, Parmenter, J., conf. Walters, Dr. S. M. An exciting discovery of a plant that had been presumed extinct in the County. The species is common in north-western Britain, but had not been recorded in Suffolk since 1860. Hopton Fen has many rare fen species including Potentilla palustris, Cirsium dissectum and Potamogeton coloratus. Isolepis cernua (Vahl) Roemer & Schultes, Slender Club-rush. Sizewell Belts, TM4663, 18 July, Parmenter, J., conf. Simpson, Dr. D.A. Another important find. This is only the second recent Suffolk record for this

Trans. Suffolk Nat. Soc. 37 (2001)

PLANT RECORDING IN 2000  

Martin Sanford

PLANT RECORDING IN 2000  

Martin Sanford