Pignut - Conopodium majus


    Short to medium plant, stem erect, slightly ridged and hollow after flowering. Upper leaves 2 to 3 pinnate with linear lobes and prominent sheathed bases. Flowers white, often brown veined on the back 1 to 3 mm, borne in umbels of 3 to 7 cm with 6 to 12 rays, bracts usually absent. Fruit oblong 3 to 4 mm with obscure ridges and erect styles.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Hairless; bracteoles but usually no bracts; fruits rounded and glabrous, with low rounded ridges


    Open woodland, rough grassland and scrub.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout most of Britain, though scarce in East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 362 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent

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