Keeled-fruited Cornsalad - Valerianella carinata

Description

Similar to the more frequent Common Cornsalad but the fruits are grooved.

Similar Species

other corn-salads

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Ripe fruits are essential for identification; this plant cannot be verified from photos of the plant or flowers.

Fruit is about as thick as wide (squarish in x-section), and much longer than wide or thick, with a deep groove on the abaxial face (i.e to side furthest from the axis)

Recording advice

The fruits need to be checked and evidence provided of their details.

Habitat

Walls, rocks and disturbed land.

When to see it

Flowers April to June.

Life History

Annual.

UK Status

Local north as far as Yorkshire, rare elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Seems to be uncommon, but possibly under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland which has very few recent records. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien; archaeophyte.  There are few confirmed records 

It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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