A familiar name suggest high confidence in the ID.
I just read the article too. You beat me to the post - not that I am implying iSpot is competative…
c’est le weekend….you two beat me by hours. It’s a good story
Typically there is an edge to the story as https://www.gbif.org/species/8276569 suggests it’s a synonym.
And so does the CoL (but a different one) http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/search/all/key/Lythrum+hyssopifolia/fossil/1/match/1
Bless then, the OLD iSpot Dictionary as it is waiting… (as Lythrum hyssopifolia) @Jo_Parmenter
I just read this as well from a link in the Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland Facebook group! I knew there’s be something about it here in the forums. How amazing that the plant has reappeared after so long!
Don’t worry - I shan’t let the sudden fame go to my head You would not believe the number of complete strangers who have rung or emailed today wondering if I could identify a plant for them. I am directing them all to ISpot in the event that they have future queries!
A great discovery, and a fantastic and encouraging project to revive the ghost ponds.
Lovely story, well done all involved, esp JoP.
It turned up in abundance on some disturbed sandy ground in Llandudno golf course about 10 years ago. I don’t think there was any history of it at that site and the following year it had either gone or almost gone.
It behaves in mysterious ways - sometimes it comes into an unsuitable site with soil and then won’t persist; other times it appears to have resurrected itself in a location from which it was previously lost, as we assume to have been the case at Heydon. It needs sites with a seasonally varying water table and annual disturbance to create new bare ground to do well.