Submission - 08/06/2020

Sighting - 2020-06-03

Species Seen English and Irish Ivy
Scientific Name Hedera helix L.
Recorder Rob Randall
Record Status Confirmed
Identifier Rob Randall
Identified on 08/06/2020
Location ST744665
Locality Lansdown Road
Parish Bath
Habitat Hedgebank
Notes Photographed growing side-by-side. Iris Ivy (Hedera hibernica), on the right, has larger, rather 3-D leaves with stellate hairs which lie almost flat on the lower leaf-surface. It is tetraploid and has a westerly distribution as a native, but is also found in urban situations as it is commonly grown for ground cover. English Ivy (H.helix) has flatter, darker green leaves with stellate hairs that stick out from the leaves, looking more like a star-burst. It is diploid and is common over much of the country. You need a good hand-lens to see the hairs, which are mainly seen on new growth.