The Coppice Flora


In February 2009 the mature hornbeam growing in the eastern half of compartment P were coppiced. Changes in the flora were monitored. 36 species were recorded from the area prior coppicing. By the end of 2009 an additional 102 species had been recorded. The majority of these had been found previously elsewhere in the Wood, but 34 species were new. These, and two other new records from outside the coppice, are listed here.


Coppice P records new to the wood,

and other new recent records


Ambrosia artemisiifolia

Ragweed (2009) (Neophyte)

Two large plants in coppice P in 2009 - a new record for the Wood and for Haringey.


Antirrhinum majus

Snapdragon (2009) (Neophyte)

A single plant seen in coppice P, 7/9/2009.


Bryonia dioica

White bryony (2009) (Native)

A single plant only in coppice P, 7/9/2009.


Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd's-purse (2009) (Native)

Recorded from coppice P on 24/6/2009 - the only record of this light-demanding "weed", which forms a persistent seed bank (Grime et al., 2007).


Cortaderia selloana

Pampas grass (2009) (Neophyte)

Two young plants in coppice P in 2009 - a new record for Haringey. A garden escape, which appears to be increasing in the London area.


Echinochloa crus-galli

Cockspur grass (2009) (Neophyte)

Several plants in coppice P in 2009 - the only records of this tropical grass, often introduced in birdseed (Cope & Gray, 2009).


Epilobium tetragonum

Square-stalked willowherb (2009) (Native)

A single plant by the dog pond in coppice P in 2009. Also apparently rare in Coldfall Wood, by contrast with E. obscurum, which is very common.


Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia (2009) (Neophyte)

A single apparent seedling in coppice P - a first record for Haringey; such seedlings are very rarely seen in the London area.


Geranium dissectum

Cut-leaved crane's-bill (2009) (Native)

Single plant in coppice P, 7/9/2009.


Geranium lucidum

Shining crane's-bill (2009) (Native)

Small colony beside path seperating compt. B from compt. D - on the Capital Ring route. Not seen in 2007 survey. There are widely scattered populations of this native crane's-bill, all of which have probably derived from gardens in Haringey. The nearest (sizeable) colony is at Crouch End Playing Fields.


Geranium pyrenaicum

Hedgerow crane's-bill (2009) (Neophyte)

2 post-2007 records: found in compt. D in January 2009 by Gemma Harris. Single plant in coppice P in 2009. Frequent elsewhere in Haringey (eg common at Railway Fields). "Possibly native" (Stace, 1997), but here regarded as a neophyte. Single plant in the stream coppice in Coldfall Wood in 2009.


Gnaphalium uliginosum

Marsh cudweed (2009) (Native)

A few plants appeared in coppice P in June, 2009 - the only records for the Wood.


Humulus lupulus

Hop (2009) (Native)

A single plant appeared in coppice P in August, 2009. Herb. DB.


Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam (2008) (Neophyte)

Recorded (and removed) by Lucy Roots in compt. W in June 2008 (not previously recrded from the Wood). This annual plant can spread very fast by seed - as it is threatening to do along the stream coppice in Coldfall Wood in 2009. The Queen's Wood plants may have spread from a garden in Onslow Gardens. Any further arrivals should be removed.


Juncus bufonius

Toad Rush (2009) (Native)

A few plants appeared in coppice P in June 2009 - the only records from the Wood. Frequent in Coldfall Wood coppice in 2007.


Lactuca virosa

Great lettuce (2009) (Native)

A single large (c. 7 foot) plant in coppice P in 2009.


Linaria vulgaris

Common toadflax (2009) (Native)

Single plant in coppice P in 2009.


Nigella damascena

Love-in-a-mist (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P. 7/9/2009.


Panicum miliaceum

Common millet (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P, from 7/9/2009. Probably from bird seed (Cope & Gray, 2009).


Phalaris canariensis

Canary-grass (2009) (Neophyte)

A few plants in coppice P in 2009. Component of bird seed mixes (Cope & Gray, 2009).


Phleum pratensis

Timothy (2009) (Native)

Single plant in coppice P on 24/7/2009; light demanding and unlikely to persist as the coppice grows up. Coldfall Wood stream coppice in 2009.


Physalis peruviana

Cape-gooseberry (2009) (Neophyte)

Two plants in coppice P in 2009 - a new record for the Woosd and for Haringey. Scarce casual in Middlesex - probably bird-sown from a local garden or allotment.


Polypogon viridis

Water bent (2009) (Neophyte)

A few plants in coppice P. Abundant in Coldfall Wood stream coppice, 2007 - 2009 and now widespread in London ("Rare" in Hubbard, 1984).


Rumex crispus

Curled dock (2009) (Native)

A single plant in coppice P in 2009 of this light-demanding plant of cultivated and waste ground, etc.


Sagina procumbens

Procumbent pearlwort (2009) (Native)

Several plants in coppice P in 2009. A plant of open habitats. "Absent from woodland" (Grime et al, 2007).


Senecio inaequidens

Narrow-leaved ragwort (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P in 2009. Spreading fast in Haringey (as elsewhere in London) - first seen in the borough in 1994.


Senecio sylvaticus

Heath groundsel (2009) (Native)

Several plants in coppice P in 2009. Only other Haringey record was from the 1990 coppice in Coldfall Wood, suggesting it may be able to survive for long periods in the seed bank - as indicated by Grime et al, (2007) and James (2009).


Senecio viscosus

Sticky groundsel (2009) (Native)

Single plant in coppice P in 2009. This light-demanding species is declining elsewhere in Haringey.


Setaria pumila

Yellow bristle-grass (2009) (Neophyte)

Two plants in coppice P in 2009. An annual grass from the tropics and warm temperate Old World (Cope and Gray, 2009) - unlikely to persist. A component of bird-seed.


Solanum species

Nightshade species (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P in 2009 - awaiting expert determination. Very like S. physalifolium, but lacking glandular hairs.


Sonchus arvensis

Perennial sow-thistle (2009) (Native)

Two plants in coppice P, 7/9/2009 - in the "dog pond".


Triticum aestivum

Bread wheat (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P in June 2009. Possibly bird-sown, or introduced with bird-seed.


Verbascum thapsus

Great mullein (2009) (Native)

Single plant in coppice P in June 2009. Also seen (single plant) in Coldfall Wood stream coppice in 2007 (did not persist).


Verbena bonariensis

Argentinian vervain (2009) (Neophyte)

Single plant in coppice P in 2009. An increasingly common "escape" in London - where it is widely planted in Parks and gardens. Several seen in the Coldfall Wood stream coppice in 2008.


Vicia hirsuta

Hairy tare (2009) (Native)

Single large plant in coppice P, 24/9/2009. Intolerant of shade, and unlikely to persist as the coppice becomes shadier. Present in the Coldfall Wood stream coppice in 2008, but not seen in 2009.


Vicia sativa subsp. segetalis

Common vetch (2009)

Single plant in coppice P, 7/9/2009. Intolerant of shade and unlikely to persist.




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