Wanstead Flats - Plant List - Part 2

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Note : "Stace" indicates the page number of the plant in Stace 2nd Edition

p = Previous (Historical) record; COL = City of London Cemetery; EF = Essex Flora

(Clicking on 'Common Name' field for many species will take you to a photograph)


Common Name
Robinia pseudoacacia Locust Tree I2/I3 in North Copse; suckering onto grassland in 2010
Galega officinalis Goat's-rue J2 opposite 82 Capel Road 02/08/75; F2 by west edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004; F2 by south end of Jubilee Pond 26/10/2004
Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot-trefoil Common; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000
Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch G3, scattered in grass (01/09/93); F2 by SW. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004; H4/5 on bank above brickfields, 21/06/2015
Vicia hirsuta Hairy Tare Quite common scattered in rough grassland
Vicia sepium Bush Vetch H4 near east side of Centre Road, on a bank near west end of Long Wood, 03/06/1979
Vicia sativa Common Vetch I4 in 1953 plantation; L2; common elsewhere
414 Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling G/H5 north side of track from gate off Centre Road; 21/06/2015
Lathyrus latifolius Broad-Leaved Pea I1 ditch 2/10/80; I4 02/07/1977; I4 opposite. 65 Windsor Road, 03/06/79; G5 near Blake Hall Rd., 23/06/2008
Lathyrus nissolia Grass Vetchling G3 Fairground Flats 09/06/2006; L1, opp Golden Fleece, 2007
Melilotus albus White Melilot F2 pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond 2008 (Wanless 2003, same location)
Medicago lupulina Black Medick E6 by Bushwood; I3 I4;
Medicago arabica Spotted Medick F2 by SW. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004
Trifolium repens White Clover Common on playing fields I4
Trifolium pratense Red Clover Playing fields; F2 by SW. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004
Trifolium arvense Haresfoot Clover One patch at west side of Jubilee Pond, 2007; present 18/07/2016
Laburnum anagyroides Common Laburnum G5 by Lake House Road bus stop 04/06/1979; G7 near Blake Hall Road, 2 saplings on 24/05/1981
Cytisus scoparius Broom I4
Genista anglica Petty Whin (p) G2/3 patches in grassland near Centre Road 30/04/1992; I4 two well established patches in rough grass near NW corner of 1953 plantation, 05/05/1981; Still present and possibly spreading in 1992; At least three patches in May 1994. Not found from 2006
Ulex europaeus Gorse Scattered
Myriophyllum aquaticum Parrot's-feather H1, In Angel Pond, Wanstead Flats, 12/09/2000
Lythrum salicaria Purple Loosestrife H1, a single plant in the drying mud of Angel Pond, 17 August 2007 (Wanless 2003, a single plant in the drying mud of Angel Pond)
Epilobium hirsutum Great Willow-herb I1 Capel Road ditch; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; F2 by Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004
Epilobium montanum Broad-Leaved Willow-herb L2 opposite 153 Capel Road 04/07/1979; (Wanless 2003, F2 by Jubilee Pond; H1 by Angel Pond)
Epilobium tetragonum Square-stemmed Willow-herb Capel Road ditch 24/06/1977
Epilobium ciliatum American Willow-herb F6 by corner of house fences; I3 marsh area 04/08/1980
Chamerion angustifolium Rosebay Willow-herb L3 on west island of Alexandra Lake 1979 and scattered elsewhere in grassland. (Wanless 2003, F2 by Jubilee Pond)
Circaea lutetiana Enchanter's Nightshade F6 by corner of house fences just west of Bush Wood "boundary" path
453 Cornus sp. Dogwood K3 right by Alexandra Lake on the south side, 09/06/2010
Viscum album Mistletoe F4, three plants on hawthorn (found by Pete Saunders in April 1988); E3 on Hawthorn 03/02/2005
Ilex aquifolium Holly Various locations
Mercurialis annua Annual Mercury F5 back of Belgrave Road houses 29/07/1979; H1 in ditch opposite Chestnut Avenue; I1 Capel Road-side ditch, seems to be increasing, 02/10/1980; F3 entrance to car park, 08/01/2005
Euphorbia helioscopia Sun Spurge H3 north edge of car park by Lake House Road 03/02/2005 (H1 Capel Road ditch; Richard Baker)
461 Euphorbia peplus Petty Spurge I1 roadside ditch 02/10/1980; M2/3 by COL wall; still present 15/05/2010 (Baker: G5 by Lake House Road); G3 west side of Centre Road, in bare area following fire, 16/10/2018
Euphorbia cyparissias Cypress Spurge N1 side of ditch opposite 10 Forest Drive
Linum usitatissimum
Common Flax A single plant on the verge between Centre Road and the Flats ditch, which had been severely burnt earlier in the year.
Aesculus hippocastanum Horse Chestnut Particularly lining some roadsides
Aesculus carnea Red Horse-chestnut I5 opp. Park Road (poss. var. "Briottii")
Acer platanoides Norway Maple  
Acer campestre Field Maple F4 small tree by house fence; N2 sapling near COL wall
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore Various locations
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven N2 sucker from COL 09/09/1979; many small trees along Aldersbrook Road-side and between the cemetery and the road by 2007
Oxalis (articulata) Pink-sorrel F5/6 west side of track behind houses, in grass near trees, 20/09/1992; H1 Capel Road-side bank near Woodford Road. 26/10/04
479 Geranium versicolor Pencilled Crane's-bill H2 in ditch around Centre Road car park. 2015; 05/06/2016
Geranium dissectum Cut-leaved Crane's-bill I4 east end of Long Wood; I7; N1 by Station Road, plentiful.
Geranium robertianum Herb Robert G6 H5 I4 K1
Geranium pyrenaicum Hedgerow Cranesbill E6 by Bushwood (Rd.) opposite no. 57; F2 near ditch by Sidney Road, 05/11/2004; M2 west edge of Forest Drive, 22/4/2009
Erodium cicutarium Common Storksbill I4 football pitch in N.E. corner of square (check this!)
Hedera colchica Persian Ivy E5 Extensive patches by Belgrave Road wayleave TQ401868
Hedera helix subsp. helix Ivy L3 and elsewhere
500 Eryngium amethystinum Italian Eryngo F2 at SW edge of Jubilee Pond 02/08/2016
Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley H4, H5
Conopodium majus Pignut I4 04/06/1979
Smyrnium olusatrum Alexanders F3, near Lake House Road, June 1996; G5 under hawthorns near bus shelter in Lake House Road. I1, K1 edge of Capel Road. 2022
Aegopodium podagraria Ground Elder K2 ditch 1987; F5, F6 Belgrave Wayleave. 01/05/2009
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel H4 edge of Long Wood; F2 by S. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004
507 Conium maculatum Hemlock H2, H3 on access track by Centre Road, east side 02/06/2010
Apium nodiflorum Fool's Watercress F2/3 by Jubilee Pond 04/07/2005
Sison amomum Stone Parsley N2 in hedge by path between COL cemetery wall and Aldersbrook Road 29/07/96; by Centre Road near Long Wood, 26/07/2008
Falcaria vulgaris Longleaf H3/4 a long patch by east side of Centre Road; still present in 2014
Heracleum sphondyleum Hogweed H2 by track parallel to east side of Centre Road, 26/04/2009
Vinca minor Lesser Periwinkle G5, under hawthorns, probably outcast from nearby houses, 03/06/1979
Lycium barbarum Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant H2, an isolated shrub in rough grassland. In June 2015 the plant was in a sorry state, fallen from the roots which appeared to have been undermined, possibly by foxes.
Solanum nigrum Black Nightshade I1, ditches near changing rooms 27/07/1975; disturbed ground (pipe-laying) Manor Park Flats, August 2008
Solanum dulcamara Bittersweet H4, Long Wood; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000
532 Datura stramonium Thorn Apple G4, in exposed ditch west side of Centre Road, 15/10/2018
Convolvulus arvensis Field Bindweed M/N2 by C.O.L. wall; G/H5 by edge of E-W track, 21/06/2015
Calystegia silvatica Great Bindweed N2 by Aldersbrook Road; G4 by Lake House Road 22/06/2008
Symphytum orientale White Comfrey E3, plentiful in Harrow Road Wood, 03/02/2005
Pentaglottis sempervirens Green Alkanet by Capel Road on 31/03/09; F5, F6 by Belgrave Wayleave 01/04/2009
548 Borago officinalis Borage L3, a single plant in grass north of hill by N. Alexandra Lake, 12/10/2010
Myosotis scorpioides Water Forget-me-not K2, L2 on banks of Alexandra Lake usually amongst other vegetation 28/09/2004
Myosotis sylvatica Wood Forget-me-not K2 ditch, 2/5/77; M2 ditch opposite the wall between Whitta and Gladding Roads, 06/05/1981; ditch by Capel Road, 20/05/2008
Ballota nigra ssp. foetida Black Horehound Capel Roadside, 07/07/77; F2 by Jubilee Pond 30/10/2004
Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort I1 in ditch opposite Cranmer Road
Lamium album White Dead-nettle particularly H4 and H5
Lamium amplexicaule Henbit Capel Road ditch, 27/03/1977
562 Lamium hybridum Cut-leaved Dead-nettle J4, rear of Heatherwood Close, 14/03/2021. This has white as well as reddish flowers.
Lamium purpureum Red Dead-nettle Various locations; F2 in pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond 30/10/2004
Lamium maculatum Spotted Dead-nettle F5, rear of houses, 15/04/79; J4, rear of Heatherwood Close, 14/03/2021
Teucrium scorodonia Wood Sage I6 near bus stop 17/09/1992; still present, although encroached by brambles, in June 2015
Glechoma hederacea Ground Ivy Ditches 1975/1976; Not found 1978; N2, a small amount by COL wall, 15/05/2010
Melissa officinalis Balm F5 by house fence 03/06/1979
Prunella vulgaris Self-Heal K2 two plants just on playing fields south of rough grass 29/07/1979; F2 in pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond, 26/10/2004
Origanum vulgare Marjoram M2, a patch in rough grassland, 06/07/1998; spread considerably by 2011, and an isolated patch south towards Gladding Road on 12/07/2011
Lycopus europaeus Gypsywort L2 by Alexandra Lake, 21/08/04; F2/3 by W. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
Mentha aquatica Water Mint by Jubilee Pond, 31/08/05
Hippuris vulgaris Mare's-tail F2, F3 by W. and S. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/04 (introduced)
Callitriche platycarpa Water Starwort F4 Cat and Dog Pond 21/08/79 (check sp.); H1 Angel Pond 02/10/80 (check species)
Plantago coronopus Buck's-horn Plantain G2/3, fairground site; H5, near the spring on gravel track; L2, one tiny piece on dried ledge of lake; L2 and L3 on bed of drying lake - plentiful on 17/09/92; (Wanless 2003, a few plants by the side of Jubilee Pond)
Plantago major Great Plantain various locations; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; F2 by Jubilee Pond, 30/10/04
Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain Numerous locations; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; (Wanless 2003, one of the first plants to grow around the new Jubilee Pond)
Buddleja davidii Buddleia G4/5, a few bushes west of Centre Road; N1 small "tree" 05/06/79; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; large shrub south end of Jubilee Pond car park 1 Aug 2008
Fraxinus excelsior Ash H1 J5 N1
Syringa vulgaris Lilac F5, sucker from garden of Belgrave Road; N1
Ligustrum ovalifolium Garden Privet N1, bush by Forest View Road; E3, a large shrub by Harrow Road, 03/02/05
Verbascum thapsus Great Mullein G4/5 a number of plants quite near Lake House Road, 20/09/92-2009; (Wanless 2003, F2, a single rather stunted plant in the pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond in 2003)
Cymbalaria muralis subsp. muralis Ivy-leaved Toadflax J1 one plant in ditch opposite 82 Capel Road, 1975 - 24/06/77
Linaria vulgaris Common Toadflax G3, G5 frequent near Lake House Road, lots in 1992; K2 a few plants in grass south and west of Alexandra Lake, 21/08/79; N1, a large patch in grass opposite no. 19 Forest Drive, 04/07/79; N2 by COL wall, 02/06/77
Linaria purpurea Purple Toadflax F5/6 west edge of track behind houses 20/09/92
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove F5 by houses; H4 near spring in Gorse; L3 by Aldersbrook Road; N2 by Aldersbrook Road - a white form in June 1991
Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell H4 ditch east side of Centre Road by end of Long Wood, 03/06/79
Veronica beccabunga Brooklime F2 in pond dipping area, June 2010; (Wanless 2003, F2 pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond)
Veronica persica Common Field-speedwell I1 in short length of ditch running N.-S. opposite Chestnut Ave, 02/10/80; K2 on playing fields, 10/04/81; N2 by COL
Veronica hederifolia Ivy Speedwell F4 beneath hawthorns near Lake House Rd. and back of Belgrave Rd. houses, 15/04/79; J5 around wall of estate in 1979
Hebe sp. Hebe A large shrub in Sidney Road Copse
624 Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle G4, a small patch at S. edge of E-W track, 21/06/2015, found by Kathy Hartnett
Campanula persicifolia Peach-leaved Bellflower F6 rear of houses, one plant in flower, white flowered 20/09/92
Campanula poscharskyana Trailing Bellflower F4/5 Belgrave Wayleave, right by Belgrave Road houses 17/06/05
Campanula rotundifolia Harebell H5 north edge of Long Wood (not found 01/09/93); L/M3 north east of Alexandra Lake (5-10 flowers on 31/08/93) 20 or so flowers in September 2004; present 2007; E3 a single plant with a couple of flowers at the edge of the ditch by Harrow Road 17/09/04
Galium verum Lady's Bedstraw G1/2, a large patch close to Sydney Road Wood opposite Centre Road; quite common on Fairground Section in 2007 - 2010
Galium saxatile Heath Bedstraw I3/4 in plantation; numerous patches on Fairground Section, 2007; less common but still widespread on Aldersbrook Section
Galium aparine Cleavers Widespread
Sambucus nigra Elder F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000
Viburnum tinus Laurustinus K/L1/2 Flats side of Capel Road opp. 125 16/03/09
Symphoricarpos albus Snowberry F5 back of houses west edge of track 20/09/92; M3 among hawthorns opposite. COL gate; in ditch opp. 52 Capel Road, 31/07/08
Lonicera japonica Japanese Honeysuckle I4 east end of Long Wood 20/09/92; G5 near Lake House Road
Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle I5 near Aldersbrook Road bus-stop; F5 west edge of path behind houses, 20/09/92
Centranthus ruber Red Valerian J4 by Aldersbrook Roadside, a strip of about 2 metres. 27/04/2014
661 Dipascus fullonum Teasel In rough grassland SE of Alex Lake, 06/07/2015
Arctium minus Lesser Burdock I1 roadside ditch; F2, F3 by edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle H4 east end of Long Wood; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; (Wanless 2003, F2/3 on Centre Island of Jubilee Pond)
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; near Lake House Road, 22/06/08
Onopordum acanthium Cotton Thistle D5 two large plants in ditch by Bushwood (Rd) 17/06/98 - still present in May 2009
Centaurea scabiosa Greater Knapweed L2 in rough grassland; H5 on bank above brickfield, 21/06/2015
Centaurea cyanus Cornflower N/O1/2 in disturbed (re-seeded?) soil near cemetery gate, 05/09
Centaurea nigra Black Knapweed H4/5 near spring; N1 opposite. 15 Forest Drive, 04/07/79
Lapsana communis subsp. communis Nipplewort By ditches; (Wanless 2003, F2 in pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond)
Hypochaeris radicata Common Cat's-ear H3 Centre Road ditch; H4 south edge of Long Wood; By roadside, 02/06/77
Leontodon autumnalis Autumn Hawkbit L2 opposite 172 Capel Road 10/08/75
Tragopogan pratensis subsp. minor Goat's Beard F4 Lake House Road-side bank; G5 west side of Centre Road under Hawthorns; H5, some near blackthorn; M3 opposite COL gate; N2
Picris echioides Bristly Ox-tongue F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; (Wanless 2003, F2 in pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond)
Lactuca serriola Prickly Lettuce M2 by Capel Road 28/07/1977; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; often by road-sides (J5, 23/07/2016), sometimes in clumps of vegetation.
Sonchus oleraceus Smooth Sow-thistle Rough grassland and by road-sides; G3 west side of Centre Road, flowering following fire, 16/10/2018
Taraxacum sect. Erythrosperma Lesser Dandelion Scattered, (10/04/1977)
Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia Dandelion Common, particularly on playing-fields
Crepis vesicaria Beaked Hawk's-beard Horse ride by Capel Road, one plant, 21/06/77; (Wanless 2003, F2 in pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond)
Crepis capillaris Smooth Hawk's-beard Near Long Wood, 25/07/1977
Pilosella officinarum Mouse-ear Hawkweed M2/3 rough grassland 21/06/1977
Hieracium spp. Few-leaved Hawkweeds F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000
Hieracium umbellatum subsp. umbelattum Leafy Hawkweed  
Gnaphalium uliginosum Marsh Cudweed L3, by Alexandra Lake, 28/09/04; (Wanless 2003, H1, Bandstand Pond)
719 Solidago canadensis Canadian Golden-rod L/M2 one patch in rough grassland opposite Gladding Road, 12/07/2011
Aster sp. Michaelmas Daisy G5, one plant near broom, large flowers, 20/09/92; L3 growing out of "ledge" at edge of lake, 17/09/1992; F2 by S. edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/2004
Conyza sumatrensis Sumatran or Guernsey Fleabane F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; F2 by Jubilee Pond, 28/08/2016
Conyza canadensis Canadian Fleabane Ditch by Centre Road; K/L2 frequent on south bank of Alexandra Lake 24/08/04; F2/3 by Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
Bellis perennis Daisy K2 L2; Common on playing fields
Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew L2, By Capel Road, both sides of hedge. Garden outcast or deliberately planted, 21/06/77
Tanacetum vulgare Tansy H5 a patch in rough grassland towards Aldersbrook Road, 10/08/79
Artemisia vulgaris Mugwort M2 east of Golden Fleece by roadside; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; F2/3 around Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
729 Artemisia verlotiorum Chinese Mugwort H2/3 two large patches either side of track parallel to E. side of Centre Rd. 18/07/2016
Artemisia absinthium Wormwood H1 one plant in ditch opposite Capel Point; H4 one plant in ditch on east side of Centre Road near end of Long Wood
Achillea millefolium Yarrow Very common in many locations; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; (Wanless 2003, F2, in the pond dipping area of Jubilee Pond)
Achillea ptarmica Sneezewort G4 west of Centre Road, 20/08/79
Leucanthemum vulgare Ox-eye Daisy G2 south east of Dames Road Pond; H/I1 in dich near Capel Road 05/11/04
Matricaria recutita Scented Mayweed H3 in grass south of Long Wood; F5 near entrance to Belgrave Wayleave 22/06/08
736 Matricaria discoidea Pineapple Mayweed Capel Roadside; L3 gravel edge of pond and roadside; F2, F3 around Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
Tripleurospermum inodorum Scentless Mayweed K2 in rough strip separating north and south playing fields 09/11/2011 (Wanless 2003, F2 and F3 scattered plants around the margin of Jubilee Pond)
Cotula coronopifolia Buttonweed H1 at south-east edge of Angel Pond 12/09/00; F2/3 common around Jubilee Pond 17/09/04; Jubilee Pond 30/10/04
Senecio inaequidens Narrow-leaved Ragwort H/I3, first seen on 31st October 2009 in rough grassland
Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort G4, a couple of plants amongst patch of thistles near roadside track 05/08/79; N2 a largish patch between Aldersbrook Road and COL cemetery; M3, a large plant in grass opposite COL 17/09/92
Senecio squalidus Oxford Ragwort

M2 by Forest Drive on MP Flats, 15/05/2010; N2 by COL wall, 15/05/2010

Senecio vulgaris Groundsel H5,I5,I4 east end of Long Wood; G3 west side of Centre Road, flowering following fire, 16/10/2018
742 Senecio viscosus Sticky Groundsel K3, a very large patch within the site of the more southerly creeping willow patch here, on 16/08/2016; still present 09/07/2019
Tussilago farfara Colt's-foot M2 roadside bank, Manor Park flats 18/05/80; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000
754 Bidens cernua Nodding Bur-marigold F2 south edge of Jubilee Pond 17/09/04
Bidens tripartita Trifid Bur-marigold K/L3 by Alexandra Lake, 21/08/79; K3, by Alexandra Lake 210804; F2 or F3 bank of Model Yacht Pond, August 2000; F2, F3 by Jubilee Pond 17/09/04

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