Sharp-leaved Fluellen - Kickxia elatine

Description

Low to short, often prostrate, rather slender, hairy or stickily hairy plant. Stems branched from the base, Leaves oval to arrow shaped, pointed, stalked. Flowers yellowish to bluish with a violet-purple upper lip, solitary on long stalks from the base of the leaves.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Arable land and cultivated places.

When to see it

Flowers July to October.

Life History

Annual.

UK Status

Infrequent and rather local, mainly in southern Britain though reaching as far north as Cumbria.

VC55 Status

Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland and restricted in range. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 12 of the 617 tetrads.

Our Champion for the Sharp-leaved Fluellen is Graham Calow

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map