Flora Galleries

The galleries accessed from the links below show a selection of the plants to be found in Selsdon Wood.

We have a booklet entitled "Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve - Its history and Management: Some records of Flora and Fauna" which was produced in 1978 by Jack Penry-Jones on behalf of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society. This contains species lists for that year. More recent observations began in 2010, since when
most of the photographs have been taken.

Species that have not been photographed in Selsdon Wood are listed in red. If you can find any of them and send us a photograph we would love to hear from you. Please let us know the location - a map showing grid references is provided to assist you.

(The Nature Detectives website from the Woodland Trust also has many seasonal identification guides and activity ideas.)

Following the Penry-Jones system the collections are divided into 4 groups - click the link below to access each section.


Trees & Shrubs


Wild Flowers


Grasses and Sedges


Flora Sundries

some of the other interesting plant features to be found in Selsdon Wood:

---- Ancient Ivy stems on tree ---- Annual rings ---- Canker on Silver Birch ---- Climber & tree merging (2) ----  Hollow tree stump ----

---- Hollow based tree ---- Internal Root (2) ---- Ivy clad tree ---- Lightning Strike Tree ---- Merging of a pair of common trunks ----

---- New growth on fallen tree ---- Oak Crown Gall ---- Tripod Tree ---- Fallen Silver Birch --- Split Oak ---- Autumn Leaf ----

 Sightings and Curiosities

Spring 2015 - We were puzzled by the appearance of a mystery plant in the Centenary Plantation this spring. Initially the plant appeared as on the left with a possible white petal-less flower between two leaves the shape of elephants' ears. After a few days the central bud opened out into a pair of fairly standard toothed oval leaves (see right). This proved that the original leaves were seed leaves (or cotyledons) but there were lots of possibilities for oval leaves - Cherry, Hornbeam, etc. Luckily the second one I tried searching for hit gold - see the attached link. They were Beech seedlings:-)

https://riseofnorthwoodnt.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/beech-seedlings/