West Highland Flora

Scarlet Pimpernel


Anagallis arvensis

Taxonomic note: am taking this to include the subspecies sometimes separated as A foemina.  The pictures are ssp arvensis, and the local plants are (or were) almost certainly the same.

Anagallis arvensis

Photo Jackie Miles
NSW South Coast Weeds
Bega Valley, NSW, Australia

Rare weed of cultivated ground, possibly no longer present due to cessation of arable farming.

Flower diameter c 4-10 mm

ID: Not likely to be mistaken for anything else when showing red flowers.  The flowers can also be blue, mauve or pink, but are still very distinctive.  Stems square-sided, leaves shaped like those of Chickweed, opposite, unstalked, 3-veined, with black gland-dots beneath.  Petals, little longer than sepals, fringed with minute gland-hairs.

Other features: Flowers solitary in leaf axils.  Usually annual, can be perennial.

 

Anagallis arvensis

Photo Jackie Miles
NSW South Coast Weeds
Bega Valley, NSW, Australia

 

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