Poisonous plant found in woodland
Again I am highlighting a plant which is only found in calcareous soiled woodland and which likes the shade and damp.
The plant is called herb paris and is unusual in appearance with its large four egg shaped leaves in what are in two pairs. The flower is odd looking with a protrusion of golden yellow stamens sticking out the middle of the plant.
The plant then produces one dark berry, which as you guessed is poisonous, as is other parts of the plant.
The name herb paris originates from the Latin word par, which means pair referring to the two pairs of leaves.
Herb paris was also popular in herbal medicine in medieval times and was called the Herb of Equality, as all parts of the plant are conspicuously equal and harmonious due to its appearance.
You will need to find this plant in woodland through the Kent Downs, but across in the county of Sussex it is a very rare plant and only found in a small number of woodland sites.
For more information contact Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, telephone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk