Hainault Forest Website

 Written, Designed and pictures by Brian Ecott


Some flowers out in mid Summer (June)



DOG ROSE Rosa canina agg.

Common on woodland edge, and hedgerows. Often with long arching stems which may hang from the surrounding bushes.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Plantation.

FIELD ROSE Rosa arvensis.

Common in low scrub areas, where it forms a tangled mass. Note the fused styles which form a column in centre.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Latchford Meadow.

HONEYSUCKLE Lonicera periclymenum.

A climbing shrub, common in the secondary woodland areas. Radiates a pleasant scent especially in the summer evenings around Roe's Well. Photo: 21st June 2000.


Common within the woodland and on woodland edges.

Photo; 28th June 2006. Near Roe's Well.


Epilobium hirsutum.

Tall plant  up to 1.8m. Found in wet places in the forest.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Latchford Meadow boggy area.

HOARY WILLOW HERB Epilobium parviflorum.

Closely related to the Greater Willow herb. A hairy plant about 25mm tall, found in the margins of Roe's Well. Photo: 28th June 2006.

WHITE or DUTCH CLOVER   Trifolium repens

Common on the short grassland areas and paths. Photo: 28th June 2006. Latchford Meadow.

SPOTTED MEDICK Medicago arabica

The clover-like leaves have a purplish blotch on them.

Found in grassy and bare earth. Photo: 28th June 2006. Angel Car park.

TORMENTIL Potentilla erecta

Generally has four petals compared with five on other Potentillas.

Found throughout the forest in the acid grassland areas.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Heathland.

CAT'S EAR Hypochaeris radicata

Flowering stems about 30cm high. Found throughout the forest  in the acid grassland areas.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Heathland.

LESSER STITCHWORT Stellaria graminea.

Compare with its larger flowered species Greater stitchwort which flowers in Maytime. Common in all the dry grassy areas of the forest.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Heathland.

RIBWORT PLANTAIN Plantago lanceolata.

Found throughout the forest in grassy areas. Flowering stems arise from a rosette of lance-shaped leaves.

Photo: 28th June 2006.  Latchford meadow.

COMMON BIRD'S-FOOT-TREFOIL  Lotus corniculatus

Grassy areas in the forest. Many names given to this plant including Boots and shoes and Lady's slipper.  Granny's toenails refers to the seed pods.

Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil  L. uliginosus also present in similar areas of the forest. It is larger, more flowers in each inflorescence, and is hairy.

Photo; 28th June 2006.  Plantation.

LARGE BINDWEED Calystegia silvatica.

Found throughout the forest especially in clearings and woodland edges. Here seen climbing the stem of Hemlock. Hedge bindweed C. sepium also occurs and is very similar.

Photo: 28th June 2006.

MUSK MALLOW Malva moschata.

Found in the wild flower meadow on Hog Hill. Closely related to the Common mallow which it differs from in having deeply cut leaves.

Photo: 28th June 2006.

NIPPLEWORT Lapsana communis.

A tall plant (up to 1m) with small dandelion-like flowers. On woodland rides throughout the forest.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Ride on Hog Hill.

TUFTED VETCH Vicia cracca.

Found in long grassland areas, throughout the forest. Supports itself on the grass stems by using tendrils which it wraps around the stem. The tendril is a modified end of the leaf.

Photo: 28th June 2006.  Heathland.

RUSSIAN COMFREY Symphytum x uplandicum.

Found throughout the forest especially in damp places.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Dog Kennel Hill

OX-EYE DAISY Leucanthemum vulgare.

Found in the farm and in the wild flower meadow.

Photo: 28th June 2006. On the farm.

HOGWEED Heracleum sphondylium

An umbellifer common throughout the forest. A tall, robust plant of the same family as the Cow Parsley which is found in earlier.

Photo: 28th June 2006. Headland Path.

WOOD SPURGE Euphorbia amygdaloides growing in the woodland edges near the lake. Photo:  Vic George

FOXGLOVE close up showing bee entering the flower. In gathering the nectar it will pollinate the flower. Casual appearing on Hainault Lodge Reserve and on the heathland.

Photo:  Vic George