Herefordshire Rare Plants Register

The Herefordshire Rare Plants Register is a joint project between Herefordshire Botanical Society, the BSBI and Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC). HBRC is supporting this project by maintaining a Rare Plants database and supporting local recorders by collating county records from all sources for the Register and providing meeting space and administrative / data support.

Many UK counties, with the support and encouragement of the BSBI, have already published or are working on registers of plants which are rare, scarce and or threatened in their counties.

We have begun such a project in Herefordshire and some useful recording and verification of previous records have already been achieved. With so small a population in our county it is important to enlist the support of all interested people who know of the existence of scarce plants or who may wish to seek them.

A sub-committee of HBS has drawn up a list of about 200 species of vascular plants and from this a preliminary list of 68 for priority attention. The principal, but not only, criterion for selection has been that there are no more than ten known sites in the county. It is intended that the register should include all post 2000 records of the chosen species.

Details of the Rare Plants project with a complete list of included species have been circulated to Society members in our Newsletter. Copies of the database of records of those species held by HBRC have been circulated to subcommittee members. Anyone wishing to contribute records or enquire about known records for particular species or local areas of the county should contact a subcommittee member:

Peter Garner 01684 564957
Les Smith 01989 563599


Herefordshire Rare Plants Register, Full List
1st. edition April 2012, revised March 2013
Aconitum napellus Monk's-hood
Acroptilon repens Russian Knapweed
Adiantum capillus-veneris Maidenhair Fern
Agrimonia procera Fragrant Agrimony
Agrostis vinealis Brown Bent
Alchemilla glabra Smooth Lady's-mantle
Alisma lanceolatum Narrow-leaved Water-plantain
Allium oleraceum Field Garlic
Allium schoenoprasum Chives
Alopecurus aequalis Orange Foxtail
Anacamptis (Orchis) morio Green-Winged Orchid
Anagallis arvensis ssp. foemena Blue Pimpernel
Antennaria dioica Mountain Everlasting
Anthriscus caucalis Bur Chervil
Anthriscus cerefolium Garden Chervil
Anthyllis vulneraria Kidney Vetch
Apium inundatum Lesser Marshwort
Arabis hirsuta Hairy Rock-cress
Aristolochia clematitis Birthwort
Asarum europaeum Asarabacca
Asperula cynanchica Squinancywort
Asplenium trichomanes ssp. pachyrachis Maidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium viride Green Spleenwort
Astragalus glycyphyllos Wild Liquorice
Atropa belladonna Deadly Nightshade
Avenula pratensis Meadow Oat-grass
Avenula pubescenss Downy Oat-grass
Baldellia ranunculoides Lesser Water-plantain
Berula erecta Lesser Water-parsnip
Bidens cernua Nodding Bur-marigold
Blysmus compressus Flat-sedge
Botrychium lunaria Moonwort
Bromopsis benekenii Lesser Hairy-brome
Calamagrostis epigejos Wood Small-reed
Campanula glomerata Clustered Bellflower
Campanula latifolia Giant Bellflower
Campanula patula Spreading Bellflower
Cardamine amara Large Bitter-cress
Cardamine impatiens  Narrow-leaved Bitter-cress
Carex acuta Slender Tufted-sedge
Carex binervis Green-ribbed Sedge
Carex canescens (curta) White sedge
Carex digitata Fingered Sedge
Carex dioica Dioecious Sedge
Carex distans Distant Sedge
Carex disticha Brown Sedge
Carex elata   Tufted Sedge
Carex hostiana Tawny Sedge
Carex humilis  Dwarf Sedge
Carex laevigata Smooth-stalked Sedge
Carex montana  Soft-leaved Sedge
Carum verticillatum Whorled Caraway
Centaurium pulchellum Lesser Centaury
Centunculus (Anarallis) minimus Chaffweed
Cephalanthera damasonium White Helleborine
Cephalanthera longifolia  Narrow-leaved Helleborine
Cerastium arvense Field Mouse-ear
Cerastium diffusum Sea Mouse-ear
Cerastium pumilum Dwarf Mouse-ear
Cerastium semidecandrum Little Mouse-ear
Ceratocapnos(Corydalis) claviculata Climbing Corydalis
Chamaemelum nobile Chamomile
Chenopodium ficifolium Fig-leaved Goosefoot
Chenopodium murale Nettle-leaved Goosefoot
Chenopodium urbicum Upright Goosefoot
Chenopodium vulvaria Stinking Goosefoot
Circaea x intermedia Upland Enchanter's-nightshade
Cirsium dissectum Meadow Thistle
Clinopodium acinos Basil Thyme
Coeloglossum viride Frog Orchid
Comarum (Potentilla) palustre Marsh Cinquefoil
Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-valley
Cuscuta epilinum Flax Dodder
Cuscuta epithymum Dodder
Cynoglossum germanicum Green Hound's-tongue
Cynoglossum officinale Hound's-tongue
Dactylorhiza incarnata Early Marsh-orchid
Dactylorhiza praetermissa Southern Marsh-orchid
Dianthus armeria Deptford Pink
Dianthus deltoides Maiden Pink
Drosera rotundifolia Round-leaved Sundew
Dryopteris aemula Hay-scented Buckler-fern
Dryopteris oreades  Mountain Male-fern
Ecium vulgare Viper's-bugloss
Eleocharis acicularis Needle Spike-rush
Eleocharis quinqueflora Few-flowered Spike-rush
Eleocharis uniglumis Slender Spike-rush
Eleogiton fluitans Floating club-rush
Empetrum nigrum Crowberry
Epilobium lanceolatum Spear-leaved Willowherb
Epipactis atrorubens Dark-red Helleborine
Epipactis leptochila Narrow-lipped Helleborine
Epipactis palustris Marsh Helleborine
Epipactis phyllanthes Green-flowered Helleborine
Epipactis purpurata Violet Helleborine
Epipogium aphyllum Ghost Orchid
Equisetum hyemale Rough Horsetail
Erica cinerea Bell Heather
Erica tetralix Cross-leaved Heather
Erigeron acris (acer) Blue Flebane
Erinus alpinus Fairy Foxglove
Eriophorum latifolium Broad-leaved Cotton-grass
Erodium maritimum Sea Stork's-bill
Erodium moschatum Musk Stork's-bill
Euphorbia stricta Upright Spurge
Festuca altissima Wood Fescue
Filago minima Small Cudweed
Filago vulgaris Common Cudweed
Filipendula vulgaris Dropwort
Frangula alnus Alder Buckthorn
Fritillaria meleagris Fritillary
Fumaria bastardii Tall Ramping-fumitory
Fumaria capreolata White Ramping-fumitory
Fumaria densiflora Dense-flowered Fumitory
Fumaria purpurea Purple ramping-fumitory
Gagea lutea Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem
Galeopsis angustifolia Red Hemp-nettle
Galeopsis speciosa Large-flowered Hemp-nettle
Galium tricornutum Corn Cleavers
Galium uliginosum Fen Bedstraw
Gastridium ventricosum Nit-grass
Genista anglica Petty Whin
Gentianella amarella Autumn Gentian (Felwort)
Gentianella campestris Field Gentian
Geranium sanguineum Bloody Crane's-bill
Geranium sylvaticum Wood Crane's-bill
Gnaphalium sylvaticum Heath Cudweed
Groenlandia densa Opposite-leaved pondweed
Gymnadenia  densiflora MarshFragrant Orchid
Gymnadenia conopsea Chalk Fragrant Orchid
Gymnocarpium dryopteris Oak Fern
Gymnocarpium robertianum Limestone Fern
Helleborus foetidus Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus viridis Green Hellebore
Hippocrepis comosa Horseshoe Vetch
Hippuris vulgaris Mare's-tail
Hordelymus europaeus(sylvaticum) Wood Barley
Hornungia petrea Hutchinsia
Hottonia palustris Water-violet
Huperzia (Lycopodium) selago Fir Clubmoss
Hymenophyllum tunbrigense Tunbridge Filmy-fern
Hyoscyamus niger Henbane
Hypericum elodes Marsh St.John's-wort
Hypericum montanum Pale St.John's-wort
Hypochaeris glabra Smooth Cat's-ear
Hypopitys monotropa Yellow Bird's-nest
Impatiens parviflora Small Balsam
Jasione montana Sheep's-bit
Juncus compressus Round-fruited Rush
Juncus foliosus Leafy Rush
Juncus subnodulosus Blunt-flowered Rush
Juniperus communis Juniper
Kickxia spuria Round-leaved Fluellen
Koeleria macrantha (cristata) Crested Hair-grass
Lactuca virosa Great Lettuce
Lamium amplexicaule Henbit Dead-nettle
Lamium hybridum Cut-leaved Dead-nettle
Lathraea clandestina Purple Toothwort
Lathyrus aphaca Yellow Vetchling
Lathyrus nissolia Grass Vetchling
Lathyrus palustris Marsh Pea
Lathyrus sylvestris Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea
Legusia hybrida Venus's-looking-glass
Lemna gibba Fat Duckweed
Lepidium heterophyllum Smith's Pepperwort
Limosella aquatica Mudwort
Lithospermum arvense Field Gromwell
Littorella uniflora Shoreweed
Lobelia urens Heath Lobelia
Lolium temulentum Darnel
Lotus tenuis (glaber) Narrow-leaved Bird's-foot-trefoil
Luronium natans Floating Water-plantain
Lycopodium clavatum Stag's-horn Clubmoss
Lythrum hyssopifolia Grass-poly
Marrubium vulgare White Horehound
Medicago polymorpha Toothed Medick
Melica nutans Mountain Melick
Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal
Minuartia hybrida Fine-leaved Sandwort
Minuartia verna Spring Sandwort
Misopates orontium Weasel's-snout
Moenchia erecta Upright Chickweed
Myosotis ramossissima Early Forget-me-not
Myosurus minimus Mousetail
Myriophyllum alterniflorum Alternate Water-milfoil
Myriophyllum verticillatum Whorled Water-milfoil
Narthecium ossifragum Bog Aspodel
Neotinea ustulata Burnt Orchid
Nepeta cataria Cat-mint
Oenanthe lachenalii Parsley Water-dropwort
Oenanthe silaifolia Narrow-leaved Water-dropwort
Onobrychis vicifolia Sainfoin
Ononis spinosa Spiny Restharrow
Ophrys insectifera Fly Orchid
Orchis purpurea Lady Orchid
Orobanche hederae Ivy Broomrape
Orobanche minor Ccommon Broomrape
Orobanche rapum-genistae Greater Broomrape
Osmunda regalis Royal Fern
Papaver argemone Prickly Poppy
Papaver bivalve ssp. hybridum Violet-horned Poppy
Papaver hybridum Rough Poppy
Papaver lecoqii Yellw-juiced Poppy
Pedicularis palustris Marsh Lousewort
Persicaria minor Small Water-pepper
Persicaria mitis Tasteless Water-pepper
Petroselenum segetum Corn Parsley
Phegopteris connectlis Beech Fern
Pilularia globulifera Pillwort
Pimpinella major Greater Burnet-saxifrage
Pinguicula vulgaris Common Butterwort
Plantago coronopus Buck's-horn Plantain
Platanthera bifolia Lesser Butterfly-orchid
Polygala vulgaris ssp. collina Common Milkwort
Polypodium cambricum Western Polypody
Potamogeton coloratus Fen Pondweed
Potamogeton friesii Flat-stalked Pondweed
Potamogeton lucens Shining Pondweed
Potamogeton obtusifolia Blunt-leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton polygonifolius Bog Pondweed
Potamogeton pusillus Lesser Pondweed
Potamogeton x nitens Bright-leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton x salicifolius Willow-leaved Pondweed
Potentilla argentea Hoary Cinquefoil
Potentilla tabernaemontani (neumanniana) Spring Cinquefoil
Pseudoorchis albida Small-white Orchid
Pucciellia distans Reflexed Salt-marsh Grass
Pulicaria vulgaris Small Fleabane
Pyrola minor Common Wintergreen
Pyrus cordata Plymouth Pear
Ranunculus arvensis Corn Buttercup
Ranunculus circinatus Fan-leaved Water-crowfoot
Ranunculus lingula Greater Spearwort
Ranunculus omiophyllus Round-leaved Crowfoot
Ranunculus parviflorus Small-flowered Buttercup
Ranunculus penicillatus v. pseudofluitans Stream Water-crowfoot
Ranunculus sardous Hairy buttercup
Rosa spinosissima Burnet Rose
Rubia peregrina Wild Madder
Rumex maritimus Golden Dock
Rumex palustris Marsh Dock
Rumex pulcher Fiddle Dock
Sagina nodosa Knotted Pearlwort
Salix purpurea Purple Willow
Salix repens Creeping Willow
Salvia pratensis Meadow Clary
Salvia verbenaca Wild Clary
Sanguisorba officinalis Great Burnet
Saxifraga hypnoides Mossy Saxifrage
Scabiosa columbaria Small Scabious
Scandix pecten-veneris Sheperd's-needle
Schoenus nigricans Black Bog-rush
Scirpus sylvaticus Wood Club-rush
Scleranthus annuus Annual Knawel
Scrophularia umbrosa Green Figwort
Scutellaria minor Lesser Skullcap
Sedum forsterianum Rock Stonecrop
Serratula tinctoria Saw-wort
Silene gallica Small-flowered Catchfly
Silene nutans Nottingham Catchfly
Silene noctiflora Night-flowering Catchfly
Sparganium natans Least Bur-reed
Spiranthes spiralis Autumn Lady's-tresses
Spirodela polyrhiza Greater Duckweed
Stellaria nemorum Wood Chickweed
Stellaria pallida Lesser Chickweed
Stellaria palustris Marsh stitchwort
Teesdalia nudicaulis Shepherd.s Cress
Thelypteris palustris Marsh Fern
Thymus pulegioides Large Thyme
Torilis arvensea Spreading Hedge-parsley
Torilis nodosa Knotted Hedge-parsley
Trichomanes speciosum (prothallus) Killarney Fern
Trifolium arvense Hare.s-foot Clover
Trifolium fragiferum Strawberry Clover
Trifolium ornithopodidides Bird's-foot Clover
Trifolium scabrum Rough Clover
Trifolium striatum Knotted Clover
Trollius europaeus Globe-flower
Turginia latifolia Greater Bur Parsley
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Cowberry
Verbascum nigrum Dark Mullein
Vicia orobus Wood Bitter-vetch
Viola canina Heath Dog-violet
Viola lutea Mountain Pansy
Viola palustris Marsh Violet
Wahlenbergia hederaceae Ivy-leaved Bellflower
Xanthium spinosum Spiny Cocklebur
288 species