Tutsan - Hypericum androsaemum

    Description

    Semi evergreen, hairless shrub to 70 cm. Stems with two raised lines. Leaves opposite, oval to oblong and unstalked. Flowers pale yellow, 18 to 22 mm in small terminal clusters.

    Similar Species

    There are several other shrubby Hypericum, all garden escapes.  The hybrid with Stinking Tutsan (Hypericum x inodorum) has petals longer than sepals and a faint unpleasant smell when bruised, and the cultivated variety 'Elstead', with red fruits, is frequently planted.  

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Woody plant; 3 styles; sepals persistent until fruit ripens; petals shorter than or as long as sepals

    Recording advice

    A photo of the plant with details of flowers/fruit

    Habitat

    Often in damp or shaded habitats including deciduous woodland and hedgerows, often on disturbed ground or near to habitation.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Occasional in Britain, and often as a garden escape, but native in some parts of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is usually found as a garden escape. 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 Alien, rare

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map