Navelwort - Umbilicus rupestris

    Description

    Low to medium hairless plant. The leaves are rounded with a central 'navel' and a long stalk, stem leaves being progressively smaller. The flowers are greenish white or straw coloured, bell shaped, pendant and borne in tapered spikes.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    As this is on the local Rare Plant Register, a photo is needed for verification if it is recorded outside its known sites (see below)

    Habitat

    Grows on walls, rocks, rooftops and banks.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in western Britain, but much less common elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. 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 Native; only recorded as a presumed native from slate quarries in Swithland Wood and the Brand, Swithland Churchyard and Kinchley Lane

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map