Small Water-pepper - Persicaria minor
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.
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)
Specimen or photos needs to verified by CR.
Damp habitats, marshy ground, lake, pond and river margins.
July to September.
Widespread but not common in Britain.
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
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