West Highland Flora

Chaffweed


Anagallis minima

Older name: Centunculus minimus

Anagallis minima

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2005 Calligary, Skye
c 8.5 mm across two top leaves
 

Uncommon (or overlooked) on bare damp ground, usually coastal or by roadsides.

Flowers c 2-3 mm diameter (less than 2 mm if sepals disregarded), fruit c 1.2-1.8 mm diameter, leaves c 2-5 mm long.

ID: A very tiny plant.  Flowers (no photo yet) solitary on short stalks at base of leaves, with calyx divided nearly to base into 5 narrow sepals which are much longer than the 5 white or pink petals.  Recognisable in fruit by the tiny round "apples" (centre top in pic on left) enclosed by the calyx.

Other features: Usually has several branches from the base.  Leaves hardly stalked, the upper ones alternating (unlike other Anagallis sp which have them in opposite pairs).

 

Anagallis minima

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Jul 2005 Calligary, Skye
Picture c 12 mm wide at top


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