Common Ramping-fumitory - Fumaria muralis

Description

The flowers are pink with a dark red tip (up to 12 mm). The lower petal is narrow and nearly parallel sided. The raceme is about the same length as the peduncle. The fruits' pedicels are not recurved. A rather variable species. Often scrambling over and through other vegetation.

Similar Species

Other fumitories

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Ref. key in Stace.   This is very difficult genus that can't be identified with confidence from a photo.  The species are all very similar, but also variable within a species.  Determination depends on fine differences in flower, sepal and bract shape and size.  In addition, Stace says 'it is essential to base determinations on well-grown non-shaded material in early or mid flowering season.  Late or shade-grown plants may be very atypical, with short paler petals, longer narrower sepals, relatively long bracts and less or more recurved fruiting pedicels . . .'  

Recording advice

Specimen or photo needs to be verified by a CR, with an explanation of how it fits the key

Habitat

Cultivated land, walls and wasteland.

When to see it

Flowers from May to September.

Life History

Annual

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but with an irregular and rather local distribution.

VC55 Status

Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1 of the 617 tetrads.

Listed in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) as subsp. boroei (according to Stace, this is the common taxon) and as No Recent Record.

It is on the local Rare Plant Register

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