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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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18 April, 2015

Sanicle: woodland sparklers | Nature Notes from Dorset

Although sanicle (Sanicula europaea) is a member of the carrot family, which typically have umbel (umbrella) flower heads, it is quite distinctive. The umbel is replaced by a series of small 'globes', each a cluster of small white, sometimes pale pink, flowers. Each flower head occurs at the end of a stem branch and they always remind me of sparklers we used to wave about on bonfire night as kids. Once they have gone to seed each globe forms a bristly seed cluster which readily clings to animal fur or human clothing. It is not a large plant typically growing to a bout a foot tall.
I associate this species with woodland in the spring but my book says it flowers from May until September.

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