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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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14 July, 2015

Common Orache: | Nature Notes from Dorset

Common orache (Atriplex patula) is the most common of the six orache species so it is aptly named. It is certainly the most common away from the sea shore where the others are more likely to be seen as common orache is a weed of bare, disturbed ground usually near farms. Common orache is however, quite a confusing plant as it can be so variable; it can be white varying to reddish, it can be erect varying to sprawling, the leaves can be triangular varying to lanceolate, and other variations besides.
Many years ago, back in the days of Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), common orache was used as a leaf vegetable 

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