Small Water-pepper - Persicaria minor

    Description

    Low to short hairless plant with sprawling or ascending stems. Leaves narrow, lanceolate, pointed, scarcely stalked. Flowers in lax slender erect spikes, deep pink, rarely white.

    Similar Species

    Persicaria hydropiper

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Lacks peppery taste of P hydropiper; hairs on face of stipules (not terminal cilia) not fused to to stipule or fused <3/4 of length; other minor difference (ref key in Stace)

    Recording advice

    Specimen or photos needs to verified by CR. 

    Habitat

    Damp habitats, marshy ground, lake, pond and river margins.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, rare.  Most older records are form the Charnwood Forest area, but it has been found more recently by Rutland Water and in Lockington.   

    It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map