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) is quite similar and it is recommended that a specimen is checked by an expert in order to be certain of identification.

    Identification difficulty

    Bare ground 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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map