Narrow-fruited Cornsalad - Valerianella dentata

    Description

    Low to short hairless plant, lower leaves oval, generally broadest above the middle, wavy. Upper leaves oval to lanceolate, untoothed or slightly toothed. Bracts green with narrow, membranous margins, slightly toothed. Flowers pale pink or lilac, tiny in flat topped clusters. Fruit egg shaped, flat on one surface, the calyx well developed and about the width of the fruit itself, one tooth larger than the others.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Arable land, usually on light soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers June and July.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Mainly restricted to England as far north as the Tyne and even here it is local and declining. It is quite rare elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map