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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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06 June, 2015

Herb-Paris: the true lovers knot | Nature Notes from Dorset

Herb-Paris (Paris quadrifolia) is an uncommon woodland plant in Dorset. It is found mainly on limestone soils and its presence is considered to be an indication that the woodland is long established, probably ancient woodland. Although there is a good deal of calcareous geology in Dorset there is not much woodland that occurs on it, it is mainly farmland with some remnant of open grassland.
The plant itself has four leaves (quad = four, folia =leaved) in a whorl just below the black-centred star-like flower. The flower quickly gives way to a central black berry which, like the rest of the plant, is very poisonous.

Read more: Herb-Paris: the true lovers knot | Nature Notes from Dorset