Annual Knawel - Scleranthus annuus

    Description

    Variable, low, spiky looking plant with ascending stems. Flower clusters exceeded by bracts, sepals pointed with narrow, membranous margins.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Dry sandy, grassy and gravelly habitats on open, acid soils.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Rare, and is now probably only found in Croft Pasture.  Previously it was widespread on arable land, open grassland and disturbed ground on sandy or granitic soils.  It may be overlooked. 

    It is on the Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map