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 I was walking in the new forest and came across this odd red stringy plant growing all over the gorse, I have never seen it before, does anyone have any idea what it is ?!

It's a parasitic plant that feeds off its host in a similar way to mistletoe. Looks like some alien creature!

Wow that was quick!

thank you!


Shrinking Violet

I don't think I've ever heard of this before!  Quite spooky, and the clip from the bbc is fascinating.  And the first little flower that starts to open just looks as if it is a demonic smiley face!  (or that's just me being fanciful).


I remember seeing that clip Bob

Never seen it for real though,


I remember learning about it at school, but I've never seen it either Nut. 


I remember the sickly sweet scent from its flowers - growing near Linton in N Devon


Bob, thank you for that wonderful link; I also watched the 2000 year old Magnolia seed developing and the fungi releasing their spores; incredible

It was near Lynton that I saw it too, Liriodendron! I don't remember it being in flower at the time, but it was a most peculiar sight.

Sorry, P&P - I can usually spell, just not tonite... 

It's ok, my dad was head chef in a hotel between Lynton and Lynmouth when I was a child, so I know the area really well! Used to love walking around the Valley of the Rocks.

Me too.    Spent some time at Lee Abbey after I left school - long time ago!  Lovely area.

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