Crosswort - Cruciata laevipes

    Description

    Short to medium, softly hairy plant with creeping stock and square stems, branched near the base. Leaves oval in whorls of four, three veined. Flowers are yellow, honey scented, 2 to 2.5 mm in clusters forming whorls at the base of the leaves.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Ditches and road verges.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent over much of Britain, though not common. It is much scarcer in northern Scotland, west Wales and the south-west of England.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and declining in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 181 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map