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Bog Asphodel

A couple of weeks ago I was walking across Great Ayton Moor with Zoe when I spotted this strange looking plant growing up out of the sphagnum moss.  It took quite a bit of looking through books and searching on the web before I was able to identify it as Narthecium ossifragum, or bog asphodel. The yellow petals, that are characteristic of this species, have dropped off and all that is left are the reddish fruits.

Photo taken on Great Ayton Moor, North Yorkshire, UK, on 2009-08-10.

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