16th May 2012, Wednesday

In the RX area there are many members of the carrot or umbellifer family, from the tiny marsh pennywort to the 2 metre tall hemlock. Now is the time that they are growing rapidly. Hemlock is widespread along the coast and is one of the poisonous species -famously used to kill Socrates – find out more by clicking here. The leaves of hemlock are similar to those of carrot (which also grows along the coast), but hemlock has distinctive purple blotched stems as in the photo.