Alexanders - Smyrnium olusatrum

Description

Pungent hairless plant reaching over one metre in height. Stems stout, becoming hollow when old. Upper branches usually opposite. Flowers yellowish in dense umbels without sepals.

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Habitat

Hedge-banks, woodland margins and roadsides. Often seen near the sea.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History

Biennial.

UK Status

Fairly common near to the coast in England and Wales it is now spreading inland, probably aided by heavy salting of roads which seems to reproduce coastal conditions on the roadside verges.

VC55 Status

Becoming more common in Leicestershire and Rutland especially near to well salted roads. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 4 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); rare but locally frequent where it occurs

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Species profile

Common names
Alexanders
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
35
First record:
26/04/2006 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
01/05/2023 (Calow, Graham)

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