Rare Flower Found On Pomona

A rare species of flower, the Cornflower, was located on Pomona Docks on Pomona Day, 13th August

There are two of these spectacular, blue flowers on the north side of Pomona, the site threatened with development, that can also be described as planned eco-cide

The Cornflower (scientific name Centaurea cyanus) is classified as Endangered in the UK, and protected under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales

The Cornflower is classified as a Priority Species on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, is part of the English Nature Species Recovery Programme, and is also part of the Plantlife “Back From The Brink” project

Plantlifes’ “Back From The Brink” project identifies 101 species of flora that we need to stop from extinction! In the United Kingdom the Cornflower has declined from 264 sites to just 3 sites in the last 50 years, therefore, in reaction to this, the conservation charity Plantlife named it as one of the species it would actively work to bring “Back from the Brink”

The most urgent tasks to preserve this plant are to maintain its current range and manage viable populations on all the present sites. Seed has been collected and stored at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This seed may be used for ex-situ propagation and a reintroduction programme if this becomes necessary, a very precarious state for a species that used to be a common sight in the UK
The Cornflower is, along with many other farmland plants, in danger of disappearing through intensive agricultural practise, particularly over-use of herbicides. Although it has declined in north-western Europe, the Cornflower is not considered a threatened species in Europe as a whole, and its stronghold is in the Mediterranean countries. However, in Britain there is now only one persistent and self-sustaining population, in Suffolk, although there are recent records from arable fields in Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire. There are scattered plants throughout southern England and Wales
Flora enthusiasts from the Manchester area are celebrating the sight of this magnificent and rare flower on our Garden Of Eden, Pomona
Arkive, the Cornflower
Wildlife Trusts, the Cornflower

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