Knotted Hedge-parsley - Torilis nodosa


Low to short, often prostrate plant, roughly hairy with a solid stem. Leaves 1-2 pinnate with deeply lobed segments. Flowers pinkish white, flowers 1mm in unstalked or short stalked leaf-opposed umbels and with 2 to 3 very short rays giving the flowers a clustered appearance. Fruit egg shaped with warts and straight spines.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Usually a low creeping plant; fruits rounded, one half with straight minutely hooked spines and the other half with warts ('tubercles').

Recording advice

A photo of the plant in its habitat, and details of fruits


Sparsely grassy habitats, bare and waste ground on dry soils.

When to see it

Flowering May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Local in southern and eastern England – very scattered elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, rare, with few recent records.

It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map