Corn Spurrey - Spergula arvensis
Short to medium straggly scrambling plant to 30 cm with stems stickily hairy above. Leaves linear, fleshy and channelled beneath, arranged in clusters at the swollen joints of the stem, and appearing as if in whorls. Flowers 4 to 8 mm, white with 5 unnotched petals, the petals slightly longer than the sepals. The flowers only open in the afternoon.
Glandular hairy, with long linear leaves
A general photo of the plant in its habitat
Arable land and bare ground.
May to September.
Once fairly frequent throughout Britain but decreasing.
Occasional and declining - may be nearly scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 164 of the 617 tetrads
In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native; present status uncertain, but much less frequent than formerly.
It is on the Rare Plant Register
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