Tuesday, January 16, 2018
A first spring development
I look at M3 practically every day now to seen any signs of spring ahead. There seems to be very little, but in the last week or so these leaves of cuckoopint (Arum maculatum) have emerged by the old yew log in the penumbra area.
The leaves are beautifully fresh and green and, in this example, patterned with purple black spots (hence the specific name maculatum, I suppose). These spots only occur on some of the plants and I have read that they are caused by a fungus Melanustilospora ari.