Wiltshire Botanical Society


Welcome to the Wiltshire Botanical Society. Our roots began in the 1980's when volunteers made a thorough and detailed survey of Wiltshire's flora, culminating in the publication of the Flora of Wiltshire in 1993. Instead of disbanding, the members joined together to form the Wiltshire Botanical Society. The society's aims are to:
  • Foster botanical knowledge and to encourage interest in our local flora
  • Increase members' knowledge and skills
  • Publicise threats to habitats and populations of wild plants
  • Undertake field meetings
  • Contribute botanical records to local and national recording schemes

Plant of the Month

Shining Pondweed Potamogeton lucens

By late summer the trailing stems of Shining Pondweed can be several metres long and are usually visible in deep water in the calcareous lakes and rivers it prefers.

A wholly submerged plant, it gets its name from its large translucent, wavy-edged leaves. It has a much shorter leaf stalk than its rare but similar cousin, the Loddon Pondweed P. nodosus, which in Wiltshire is confined to the Bristol Avon.
Shining Pondweed

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