Slender St Johns-wort: the honourable hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset

There are a number of hypericum, probably ten in all, that one is likely to encounter in the wild and they all have a fairly similar yellow flower and pointed leaves. The key to identifying them in my experience is to look for the feature that makes each unique. In this case, the slender St John's-wort (Hypericum pulchrum), for me it has to be the red undersides of the flowers that have yet to open. When the plant is in flower it will usually have at least one still to open and displaying this distinctive feature. There are other features that make it unique of course but often in nature watching it can be a single thing you notice at once that is diagnostic. 

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