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

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map