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species. It was found at Carlton Colville in 1980 by the Lowestoft Field Club and the only other 20th Century record is from Lowestoft where it was found by E. R. Long in 1934. These last two records show that there are still rewarding records to be made for those who are willing to look at small and unspectacular rushes and sedges. There are experts available who are willing to look at specimens (pressed, not fresh) if you are not confident to identify them yourself. Carex curta Gooden., White Sedge. Westleton, TM4467, 4 June, Strauss, Mr D.F. Dunwich Heath with Sphagnum, TM4667, Strauss, Mr D.F (seen here 1986, see Hyde & Simpson, 1987). A rare sedge in East Anglia, though frequent in the north and west. It occurs here on ‘wet sandy heaths’ - a habitat which has probably always been scarce in our dry Sandlings. Easily distinguished from other sedges by the soft, pale green leaves, acutely trigonous (three-angled) stems and pale fruiting heads. Carex viridula ssp. brachyrrhyncha (Celak.) B. Schmid, Long-stalked Yellow Sedge. Area cleared in 1998-1999, Hurst Fen and Howlet Hills, TL7276, 19 May, Gibbons, Mr N., conf. Sanford, Mr M.N. This sedge is still found in a few of the Waveney/Little Ouse valley fens, but this is the only Breck fen site where it remains. Polypogon monspeliensis (L.) Deesf., Annual Beard-grass. Bush Boake Allen, Long Melford, TL8646, 24 July, Hartley, R.F. et al. Foxgrove Lane, beside telegraph pole, Felixstowe, TM3135, 27 May, Mathews, Mrs B., det. Copping, Mr A. Two new sites for this nationally scarce, native grass. Although the Felixstowe site may be native it is likely that the inland record from Long Melford has been introduced - perhaps with bird-seed. Digitaria sanguinalis (L.) Scop., Hairy Finger-grass. Blythburgh, TM4574, September, Lawson, Mr P.G., det. Copping, Mr A. An alien weed of cultivated ground and waste places, often arising from birdseed. Very few recent Suffolk records. Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. ochroleuca (Boll) P. Hunt & Summerh., Creamflowered form of Early Marsh-orchid. Market Weston Fen, TL9878, July, Duckett, Prof. J. G, nine flowering plants. It is pleasing to hear that this very rare sub-species continues to thrive at Market Weston. It is included in the latest British Red Data Book (Wigginton, 1999) which records the only other extant population as being at Chippenham Fen in Cambs. Aceras anthropophorum (L.) Aiton, Man Orchid. Welnetham Railway Line, TL8959, 7 June, Cull, Mrs J., one flowering. This is the first new site in the county for this nationally scarce species for many years. It is hoped the presence of this species will raise the conservation importance of this site and help it to get better protection and management.

Trans. Suffolk Nat. Soc. 37 (2001)

PLANT RECORDING IN 2000  

Martin Sanford

PLANT RECORDING IN 2000  

Martin Sanford