Wild Meadow Plants & Flowers


The following photographs of flowers, grass and plants were taken on the fertile meadowlands surrounding the village of Ojdula in Transylvania. These meadows provide nutritional grazing for local livestock and a rich and vital food supply for honey bees. It is also common to see villagers picking flowers, herbs and plants for use in medicinal teas and syrups, local knowledge passed down through the generations.

Meadow flowers on Bear ridge

As insecticides have never been used on these meadows, bees do not have to fly far to feed and pollinate, leading to a rich and biodiverse environment. Every square metre of meadow provides an incredible abundance of flower and insect species, rarely seen in my native country of England. This stark comparison leaves little doubt in my mind that habitat loss directly equates to a decline in honey bee numbers, cross pollination and biodiversity.

Paul White photographing meadow flowers

As a keen naturalist albeit with a limited knowledge in botany I am grateful to those readers which have assited me in identifying many of the species listed below, providing a useful resource on Carpathian meadow flora. If you have any additional data that you believe would enhance this page further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cornflower
1. Latin name: Centaurea Cyanus
Common name: Cornflower
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor and Debby Simpson
Cross reference 1 + 2

Wild Thyme
2. Latin name: Thymus Praecox
Common name: Wild Thyme
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor and Debby Simpson
Cross reference 1 + 2

Yarrow
3. Latin name: Achilea Millefolium
Common name: Yarrow
Information supplied by: David Martins
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Brown Knapweed
4. Latin name: Centaurea Jacea
Common name: Brown Knapweed
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference 1 + 2

Browntop or Common Bent
5. Latin name: Agrostis Capillaris
Common name: Browntop, Common Bent
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Red Clover
6. Latin name: Trifolium Pratensis
Common name: Red Clover
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor & David Martins
Cross reference 1 + 2

Earthnut Pea
7. Latin name: Lathyrus Tuberosus
Common name: Earthnut Pea
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference 1 + 2


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Hedge Bindweed
9. Latin name: Calystegia Sepium
Common name: Hedge Bindweed
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor & David Martins
Cross reference: 1 + 2

False oat grass - Tall oat grass - Tall meadow oat
10. Latin name: Arrhenatherum elatius
Common name: False oat-grass, Tall oat-grass, Tall meadow oat
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
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Lady's Bedstraw
11. Latin name: Galium Verum
Common name: Lady's Bedstraw
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference 1 + 2

Spiny Rest Harrow
12. Latin name: Ononis Spinosa
Common name: Spiny Rest Harrow
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Field Scabious
13. Latin name: Knautia Arvensis
Common name: Field Scabious
Information supplied by: Karen McKeown + Lee Dittmann
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Tansy
14. Latin name: Tanacetum Vulgare
Common name: Tansy
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor & David Martins
Cross reference 1 + 2

Vetch
15. Latin name: Vicia Cassubica
Common name: Vetch
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference 1 + 2

Bird's Foot Trefoil
16. Latin name: Lotus corniculatus
Common name: Bird's Foot Trefoil
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Spreading Bellflower
17. Latin name: Campanula Patula
Common name: Spreading Bellflower
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Small Mountain Picotee
18. Latin name: Dianthus carthusianorum s.l.
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica  
Cross reference: 1

Ox-eye Daisy
19. Latin name: Leucanthemum Vulgare
Common name: Ox-eye Daisy
Information supplied by: David Martins
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Cream Pincushions
20. Latin name: Scabiosa ochroleuca
Common name: Cream pincushions
Information supplied by: Biró Zsolt
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Common Ragwort - Ragweed - Tansy Ragwort - Staggerweed - Stinking Willie
21. Latin name: Senecio Jacobaea
Common name: Common Ragwort, Ragweed, Tansy Ragwort, Staggerweed, Stinking Willie
Information supplied by: David Martins
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Dodder
22. Latin name: Cuscuta sp.
Common name: Dodder
Information supplied by: Lee Dittmann
Cross reference: 1+ 2

Cat tail - Reedmace - Bullrush
23. Latin name: Typha Latifolia
Common name: Cat tail, Reedmace, Bullrush
Information supplied by: Paul Bibby
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Chee Reed Grass
24. Latin name: Calamagrostis epigeios
Common name: Chee Reed Grass
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2


25. Latin name: Peucedanum oreoselinum?
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
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Soapwort
26. Latin name: Saponaria Officinalis
Common name: Soapwort
Information supplied by: Lee Dittmann
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Red Leg
27. Latin name: Polygonum Persicaria
Common name: Red Leg
Information supplied by: Lee Dittmann
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Great Burdock
28. Latin name: Arctium Lappa
Common name: Great Burdock
Information supplied by: David Martins & Paul Bibby
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Romanian Bellflower
29. Latin name: Campanula rapunculoides 
Common name: creeping or rampion bellflower
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
Cross reference: 1 + 2


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Alder Buckthorn
31. Latin name: Frangula Alnus
Common name: Alder Buckthorn
Information supplied by: Tobias Weidenlener
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Gypsy Rose
32. Latin name: Gypsophila muralis
Common name: Gypsy Rose
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Rampion
33. Latin name: Phyteuma vagneri 
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
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White Campion
34. Latin name: Silene vulgaris
Common name: bladder campion
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
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Red Elder
35. Latin name: Sambucus Racemosa
Common name: Red Elder
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Clustered Bellflower
36. Latin name: Campanula glomerata
Common name: Clustered Bellflower
Information supplied by: Craioveanu Cristina
Cross reference: 1 + 2


37. Latin name: Scorzonera rosea
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
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Denseflower Mullein
38. Latin name: Verbascum nigrum
Common name: black or dark mullein
Information supplied by: Adrian Indreica
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Fox-and-cubs - Orange Hawkweed - Tawny Hawkweed - Devil's Paintbrush - Grim-the-collier
39. Latin name: Pilosella Aurantiaca
Common name: Fox-and-cubs, Orange Hawkweed, Tawny Hawkweed, Devil's Paintbrush, Grim-the-collier
Information supplied by: Tobias Weidenlener
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Heartsease
40. Latin name: Viola tricolor
Common name: Heartsease
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
Cross reference 1 + 2


41. Latin name: Centaurium erythraea
Common names: Common centaury - European centaury
Information supplied by: Rosemary Brookman
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Chicory
42. Latin name: Cichorium intibus
Common name: Chicory
Information supplied by: Ugron Ákos Gábor
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Crown Vetch
43. Latin name: Securigera varia
Common name: Crown Vetch
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Spiked Speedwell
44. Latin name: Pseudolysimachion spicatum
Common name: Spiked Speedwell
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Yellow Loosestrife
45. Latin name: Lysimachia Vulgaris
Common name: Yellow Loosestrife
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Alfalfa
46. Latin name: Medicago sativa
Common name: Alfalfa
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Squinancy Wort
47. Latin name: Asperula cynanchica
Common name: Squinancy Wort
Information supplied by: Attila Lengyel
Cross reference: 1 + 2

Thistle (Cirsium sp.)
48. Latin name: Cirsium sp.
Common name: Thistle
Information supplied by: Havadtői Krisztina
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Wild Orchid
49. Latin name: Anacamptis morio
Common name: Green-winged orchid
Information supplied by: Lisa Stuart
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Unknown species of wild flower
50. Latin name: Euphorbia cyparissias
Common name: Cypress Spurge
Information supplied by: Chris Thody
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Unknown Specie of flower/plant. Can you help?
51. Latin name: Chamaecytisus hirsutus
Common name: Clustered Broom or Hairy Broom
Information supplied by: Emese Hlacs
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Unknown specie of wild flower. Can you help?
52. Latin name: Veronica prostrata
Common name: Sprawling speedwell
Information supplied by: Chris Thody + Emese Hlacs
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Unknown species of plant. can you identify?
53. Latin name: Cruciata glabra
Common name: Slender Crosswort
Information supplied by: Emese Hlacs & Attila Lengyel
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Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
54. Latin name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Common name: Bilberry
Cross reference: 1 + 2 + 3

Unknown plant
55. Latin name: Sambucus ebulus
Common name: Danewort, Dane weed, Danesblood, Dwarf elder or European dwarf elder, Walewort, Elderwort and Blood hilder
Information supplied by: Julian Hoffman
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Unknown plant
56. Latin name: Juniperus communis
Common name: Common Juniper
Information supplied by: Julian Hoffman
Cross reference: 1 + 2