May and August 2000 a botanical survey of Gooderstone churchyard
was undertaken by the Norfolk
A wide range of flora was identified, which included:
In the hedgerow: Cherry Laurel, Dog Rose, Hawthorn, Hedge Veronica, Holly, Privet and Sycamore (with free-standing Crabapple and Silver Birch trees)
In the churchyard: Apple Mint, Bulbous Buttercup, Cats Ear, Celendine, Cow Parsley, Creeping Cinquefoil, Daisy, Fiddle Dock, Field Bindweed, Forget-me-not, Germander Speedwell, Greater Celendine, Ground Ivy, Hairy Sedge, Hemp Agrimony, Herb Robert, Hoary Plantain, Ladies Bedstraw, Mallow, Ox-eye Daisy, Polypody, Smooth Hawksbeard, Sorrel, Spanish Bluebell, Star of Bethlehem, Sweet Violet, Thale Cress and Toadflax
Dock (Rumex pulcher) was an exciting find in the churchyard. It is a scarce
plant in Norfolk, which was not found in the whole 10km square during the
survey for the Flora of Norfolk published in 1999.
To look at, it has the usual greenish flowers of a dock, but its leaves are waisted like a violin, and the flowering branches spread at right angles from the main stem. It is a perennial plant, with red flowers appearing in June/July.
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