Round-leaved Fluellen - Kickxia spuria

    Description

    Low to short spreading, hairy or stickily hairy plant. Stems branched from the base. Leaves alternate, oval, the lower slightly toothed, the upper often with a heart shaped base, short stalked. Flowers yellow, with a deep purple upper lip,10 to 15 mm long, solitary on slender stalks at the base of the leaves, spur curved.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Arable land on calcareous soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to October.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Local in England and Wales north to Nottinghamshire, scarce further north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map