Parsley-piert - Aphanes arvensis


    Low to short, hairy, often prostrate plant, branching from the base. Leaves pale green, 3 lobed. Flowers tiny 1.5 to 2 mm, green, petal less in tight leaf-opposed clusters.

    Similar Species

    Slender Parsley Piert (Aphanes australis) has also been recorded in VC55, but is rare.  See Stace (4th edition) for details of differences in stipule teeth, fruiting hypanthium and sepals. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Small prostrate annual, deeply palmately lobed leaves, 0 petals, 4 sepals

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the whole plant in its habitat


    Bare ground, arable land and waste places.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain except in the extreme north-west.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but easily overlooked. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 94 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as native; occasional

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