A meadow in the wood on the Rhine island of Ketsch

The nature reserve of the Rhine island of Ketsch (North-Western Baden-Württemberg, Germany), which is located between an old Rhine back water and the rectified Rhine river, contains many different biotopes as for example riparian woods, cane brakes, different kinds of meadows, the fixed bank of the Rhine and non-fixed banks of the back water. Very rich of species is a not very big meadow in the wood. Almost all plants are well visible from the path which goes through it. In spring you can come across e.g. the following plants:
Viola hirta, Hairy Violet
Viola hirta / Hairy Violet
Violaceae / Violet Fam.
Primula veris, Cow's-Lip
Primula veris / Cow's-Lip
Primulaceae / Primrose Fam.
Carex caryophyllea, Spring Sedge
Carex caryophyllea / Spring Sedge
Cyperaceae / Sedge Fam.
Potentilla neumanniana, Spring Cinquefoil
Potentilla neumanniana / Spring Cinquefoil
Rosaceae / Rose Fam.
Ajuga reptans, Bugle
Ajuga reptans / Bugle
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Anemone nemorosa, Wood Anemone
Anemone nemorosa / Wood Anemone
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Ranunculus gratiosus, Pleasing Goldilocks
Ranunculus gratiosus / Pleasing Goldilocks
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Orchis militaris, Military Orchid
Orchis militaris, Military Orchid
Orchidaceae / Orchids
Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus, Wild Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis / Garden Asparagus, Wild Asparagus
Liliaceae / Lily Fam.
Cerastium glomeratum, Sticky Mouse-Ear
Cerastium glomeratum / Sticky Mouse-Ear
Caryophyllaceae / Campion Fam.
Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge
Euphorbia cyparissias / Cypress Spurge
Euphorbiaceae / Spurge Fam.
Fragaria viridis, Green Strawberry
Fragaria viridis / Green Strawberry
Rosaceae / Rose Fam.

In May the following plants are in flower:
Bellis perennis, Common Daisy
Bellis perennis / Common Daisy
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Helianthemum nummularium, Common Rock-Rose
Helianthemum nummularium / Common Rock-Rose
Cistaceae / Rockrose Fam.
Linum catharticum, Fairy Flax
Linum catharticum / Fairy Flax
Linaceae / Linseed Fam.
Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata / Ribwort Plantain
Plantaginaceae / Plantain Fam.
Plantago media, Hoary Plantain
Plantago media / Hoary Plantain
Plantaginaceae / Plantain Fam.
Plantago major, Greater Plantain
Plantago major / Greater Plantain
Plantaginaceae / Plantain Fam.
Orobanche amethystea, Seaholly Broomrape
Orobanche amethystea / Seaholly Broomrape
Orobanchaceae / Broomrape Fam.
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Hippocrepis comosa, Horseshoe Vetch
Hippocrepis comosa / Horseshoe Vetch
Fabaceae / Legumes
Polygala comosa, Tufted Milkwort
Polygala comosa / Tufted Milkwort
Polygalaceae / Milkwort Fam.
Neotinea ustulata, Burnt Orchid
Neotinea ustulata, Burnt Orchid
Orchidaceae / Orchids
Ranunculus bulbosus, Bulbous Buttercup
Ranunculus bulbosus / Bulbous Buttercup
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Ranunculus polyanthemophyllus, Cutleaf Buttercup
Ranunculus polyanthemophyllus / Cutleaf Buttercup
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Rhinanthus minor, Yellow-Rattle
Rhinanthus minor / Yellow-Rattle
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Veronica chamaedrys, Germander Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys / Germander Speedwell
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Veronica teucrium, Large Speedwell
Veronica teucrium / Large Speedwell
Scrophulariaceae / Figwort Fam.
Trifolium pratense, Red Clover
Trifolium pratense / Red Clover
Fabaceae / Legumes
Trifolium montanum, Mountain Clover
Trifolium montanum / Mountain Clover
Fabaceae / Legumes
Medicago lupulina, Black Medick
Medicago lupulina / Black Medick
Fabaceae / Legumes
Lithospermum officinale, Common Gromwell
Lithospermum officinale / Common Gromwell
Boraginaceae / Borrage Fam.
Cerastium holosteoides, Common Mouse-Ear
Cerastium holosteoides / Common Mouse-Ear
Caryophyllaceae / Campion Fam.
Euphorbia platyphyllos, Broad-Leaved Spurge
Euphorbia platyphyllos / Broad-Leaved Spurge
Euphorbiaceae / Spurge Fam.
Sanguisorba minor, Salad Burnet
Sanguisorba minor / Salad Burnet
Rosaceae / Rose Fam.
Hieracium pilosella, Mouse-Ear Hawkweed
Hieracium pilosella / Mouse-Ear Hawkweed
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Symphytum officinale, Common Comfrey
Symphytum officinale / Common Comfrey
Boraginaceae / Borrage Fam.
Tragopogon pratensis subsp. pratensis, Meadow Salsify, Goat's-Beard
Tragopogon pratensis subsp. pratensis / Meadow Salsify, Goat's-Beard
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Agrimonia eupatoria, Agrimony
Agrimonia eupatoria / Agrimony
Rosaceae / Rose Fam.


For more grasses occurring there the following are mentioned representatively:
Carex flacca, Blue Sedge, Carnation Grass
Carex flacca / Blue Sedge, Carnation Grass
Cyperaceae / Sedge Fam.
Carex tomentosa, Downy-Fruited Sedge
Carex tomentosa / Downy-Fruited Sedge
Cyperaceae / Sedge Fam.
Carex sylvatica, Wood Sedge
Carex sylvatica / Wood Sedge
Cyperaceae / Sedge Fam.
Briza media, Common Quaking Grass
Briza media / Common Quaking Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Dactylis glomerata, Cocksfoot Grass, Orchard Grass
Dactylis glomerata / Cocksfoot Grass, Orchard Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Helictotrichon pubescens, Downy Alpine Oat Grass
Helictotrichon pubescens / Downy Alpine Oat Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Koeleria pyramidata, Pyramidal Hair Grass
Koeleria pyramidata / Pyramidal Hair Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Poa trivialis, Rough Blue Grass
Poa trivialis / Rough Blue Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Festuca ovina agg., Sheep Fescue
Festuca ovina agg. / Sheep Fescue
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Bromus erectus, Erect Brome
Bromus erectus / Erect Brome
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Bromus carinatus, Mountain Brome, California Brome
Bromus carinatus / Mountain Brome, California Brome
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Avena fatua, Common Wild Oat
Avena fatua / Common Wild Oat
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Molinia arundinacea, Tall Moor Grass
Molinia arundinacea / Tall Moor Grass
Poaceae / Grass Fam.
Crataegus monogyna, Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna / Hawthorn
Rosaceae / Rose Fam.
Vitis sylvestris, Grape Vine
Vitis sylvestris / Grape Vine
Vitaceae / Grape-Vine Fam.
Berberis vulgaris, Barberry
Berberis vulgaris / Barberry
Berberidaceae / Barberry Fam.

In early summer (June - July) the following plants are in flower:

Anthericum ramosum, Branched St. Bernard's Lily
Anthericum ramosum / Branched St. Bernard's Lily
Liliaceae / Lily Fam.
Anthericum liliago, St. Bernard's Lily
Anthericum liliago / St. Bernard's Lily
Liliaceae / Lily Fam.
Allium oleraceum, Field Garlic
Allium oleraceum / Field Garlic
Liliaceae / Lily Fam.
Ononis spinosa, Spiny Restharrow
Ononis spinosa / Spiny Restharrow
Fabaceae / Legumes
Trifolium medium, Zig-zag Clover
Trifolium medium / Zig-zag Clover
Fabaceae / Legumes
Lotus corniculatus, Bird's-Foot Deervetch
Lotus corniculatus / Bird's-Foot Deervetch
Fabaceae / Legumes
Betonica officinalis, Betony
Betonica officinalis / Betony
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Thalictrum simplex, Small Meadow-Rue
Thalictrum simplex / Small Meadow-Rue
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Thalictrum simplex, Small Meadow-Rue
Thalictrum simplex / Small Meadow-Rue
Ranunculaceae / Buttercup Fam.
Galium verum, Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum / Lady's Bedstraw
Rubiaceae / Bedstraw Fam.
Prunella vulgaris, Selfheal
Prunella vulgaris / Selfheal
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Thymus pulegioides, Large Thyme
Thymus pulegioides / Large Thyme
Lamiaceae / Mint Fam.
Inula salicina, Irish Fleabane
Inula salicina / Irish Fleabane
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Peucedanum officinale, Hog's Fennel
Peucedanum officinale / Hog's Fennel
Apiaceae / Umbellifers
Pimpinella major, Greater Burnet Saxifrage
Pimpinella major / Greater Burnet Saxifrage
Apiaceae / Umbellifers
Eryngium campestre, Field Thistle
Eryngium campestre / Field Thistle
Apiaceae / Umbellifers
Leucanthemum vulgare, Early Ox-Eye Daisy
Leucanthemum vulgare / Early Ox-Eye Daisy
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Achillea millefolium agg., Yarrow
Achillea millefolium agg. / Yarrow
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Cirsium tuberosum, Tuberous Thistle
Cirsium tuberosum / Tuberous Thistle
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Scabiosa columbaria, Small Scabious
Scabiosa columbaria / Small Scabious
Dipsacaceae / Teasel Fam.
Centaurea jacea, Brown Knapweed
Centaurea jacea / Brown Knapweed
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Hypericum perforatum, Perforate St. John's-Wort
Hypericum perforatum / Perforate St. John's-Wort
Hypericaceae / St.John's Wort Fam.
Senecio jacobaea, Common Ragwort
Senecio jacobaea / Common Ragwort
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Centaurium erythraea, Common Centaury
Centaurium erythraea / Common Centaury
Gentianaceae / Gentian Fam.
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria, White Swallow Wort
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria / White Swallow Wort
Asclepiadaceae / Milkweed Fam.
Equisetum hyemale, Rough Horsetail, Dutch Rush
Equisetum hyemale / Rough Horsetail, Dutch Rush
Equisetaceae / Horsetail Fam.
Erigeron strigosus, Common Eastern Fleabane, Prairie Fleabane
Erigeron strigosus / Common Eastern Fleabane, Prairie Fleabane
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Conyza canadensis, Canadian Fleabane
Conyza canadensis / Canadian Fleabane
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Solidago gigantea, Giant Goldenrod
Solidago gigantea / Giant Goldenrod
Asteraceae / Composite Fam.
Colchicum autumnale, Meadow Saffron, Autumn Crocus
Colchicum autumnale / Meadow Saffron, Autumn Crocus
Liliaceae / Lily Fam.
Most probably this plant list is not yet complete. It will be continued on occasion.  

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