Round-headed Leek - Allium sphaerocephalon
Western Spiked Speedwell - Veronica spicata subsp. hybrida
Then on to Badgeworth near Cheltenham to see the 'Badgeworth Buttercup' or Adder's-tongue Spearwort. We were way too late for this but were hoping that a few flowers may be hanging on. The Badgeworth Nature Reserve is the smallest in the UK being just one small seasonal pond. We were that late in the season that there wasn't even any water left in it but fortunately one or two late flowers were still hanging on.
The Badgeworth Nature Reserve.
If it wasn't for the boardwalk you'd never guess it was ever a pond.
Adder's-tongue Spearwort - Ranunculus ophioglossifolius
In The Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods we got reasonable views of the very rare orchid, Red Helleborine. There was just a single flower spike and with there being just a single flower spike at its only other location in Buckinghamshire, that makes just two in the whole country, that's just how rare this flower is! I've been planning on going to look for it for years and I was thrilled to finally see it even if it was through a security fence. The flower spike had fallen over and so was quite difficult to spot but just enough in the open to get a photo with my 400mm lens.
Red Helleborine - Cephalanthera rubra
Near the wood where we saw the helleborine were a couple of naturalised species that I'd never seen before.
Caper Spurge - Euphorbia lathyris
Peach-leaved Bellflower - Campanula persicifolia
Finally we popped in at a roadside reserve in the Cotswolds to see Limestone Woundwort, another very rare plant in the UK found at just to sites.
Limestone Woundwort - Stachys alpina