Three-nerved Sandwort - Moehringia trinervia

    Description

    Low to short, rather straggling plant, shoots hairy, leaves oval, 3 to 5 veined the lower ones stalked. Flowers white 4 to 7 mm, solitary, or several on slender hairy stalks, five parted. Petals about half the length of the hairy-margined sepals.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woods and other shady habitats, occasionally in more open places.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History

    Annual plant sometimes overwintering.

    UK Status

    Found fairly frequently throughout Britain, though scarce in the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland, but easily mistaken as Chickweed by the casual observer. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 426 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map