I was on my way back from Hightown Shingle beach where I had discovered the Yellow Horned Poppy when I noticed a small clump of pinkish flowers in the vegetation at the side of the path through the dunes. It looked like bindweed but I was not sure so I took a couple of photos.
When I got home and checked in one of my books I found that it was the rare Sea Bindweed, Calystegia soldanella.
Sea Bindweed has kidney shaped leaves that are both shiny and hairless.
The flowers are pink with five narrow white bands and have a greenish white centre.
The flower has five sepal-like bracts edged with a rusty colouring.
The stigmas and styles are club shaped and white or cream.
The plant is prostrate and creeps along the ground.
It can be confused with the more common Field Bindweed but this has white flowers or occasionally white flowers with a pink stripe.
I must go back on another ‘mini safari’ later in the week. it is amazing what you can find so close to home.