Common Whitlowgrass - Erophila verna

    Description

    Very variable, low, slightly hairy plant, sometimes overwintering; stems leafless. Leaves lanceolate to elliptical, toothed in a basal rosette, and covered in sparse, often bifurcated, hairs. Flowers white, 3 to 5 mm, the petals deeply cleft. Fruit narrow, elliptical.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    V small plant, basal leaf-rosette, hairy, petiole shorter than or equal to leaf blades

    Recording advice

    Photo of whole plant showing leaves

    Habitat

    Stony places, pathways, sandy ground.

    When to see it

    March to May.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Common throughout most of Britain but seems to be scarcer in the south west.

    VC55 Status

    Common and probably under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 143 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map