Three-nerved Sandwort - Moehringia trinervia


    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 are not split ('bifid') or notched, and about half the length of the hairy-margined sepals.

    Similar Species

    Sandworts (Arenaria); Chickweeds and Mouse-ear Chickweed

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Flowers similar to Arenaria.  Leaves have 3-5 distinct veins instead of one central vein.  In shady places, not open dry habitats

    Recording advice

    A general photo of the plant, plus a close-up showing leaves 


    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. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 426 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, occasional


    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