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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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17 July, 2016

Yellow-wort: Madame Tausaud

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This lovely yellow flowered plant, hence its name, yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata), has curious waxy grey-green leaves that form opposite pairs up the stem. This makes the flower certainly stand out because the leaves do not look real, it makes the plant look almost like an imitation and made of wax!
Yellow-wort is a member of the gentian family and is found around the Mediterranean but its range extends northwards and it is widespread on the coasts of Britain, especially on calcareous cliff top down land. It flowers from June right through until October and you can frequently find it all along the Dorset coast and on the Purbeck Ridge in mid-summer.
Yellow-wort: Madame Tausaud