West Highland Flora

Corn Spurrey


Spergula arvensis

 

Spergula arvensis

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

Common on bare disturbed soil, around farmyards and as a garden weed.

Flower diameter c 4-7 mm

ID: Whorled effect of narrow linear leaves makes plant instantly recognisable whether in flower or not.  Hanging effect of multiple fruit capsules (pic below) is also unique.

Other features: Annual.  Leaves fleshy but very narrow, not like Sea Spurreys, channelled beneath.  Stem and leaves covered with sticky hairs.

 

Spergula arvensis

Photo Carl Farmer
4 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 

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