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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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29 July, 2010

Golden Samphire (Inula crithmoides)

The Golden Samphire is just coming in to its own as a flower now and is especially well established on the cliffs at Durslton; although it can be found on shingle banks and drier areas of salt marsh too.

Unrelated to Rock Samphire with entirely different flowers it has similar slender, fleshy leaves which is why I guess both share the English name of Samphire. The scientific names have a resemblance to with Rock Samphire being 'crithmum' and Golden Samphire being 'crithmoides' or 'crith like'.

Flowering from late July until early September the golden daisy flowers cannot be missed nor can they really be mistaken for anything else.