West Highland Flora

Three-nerved Sandwort


Moehringia trinervia

 

Moehringia trinervia

Photo Carl Farmer
(26 Jul 2004 Dingwall)
Corolla c 4.5 mm across at widest

Fairly frequent in Argyll, but not known on the west coast north of Raasay.

Flower diameter c 6-10 mm, but corolla c 4-7 mm

ID: Sepals 3-veined with middle vein hairy.  Flowers solitary on long slender stalks.  Petals white, not notched, shorter than sepals. 10 stamens, 3 styles, leaves clearly 3-5-veined.

Other features: Annual.  Fruit a round capsule containing black seeds.  Leaves rather like those of Chickweed in shape.  Stems hairy all round, unlike Chickweed.  Leaves much larger than those of Thyme-leaved Sandwort, which is rather like a smaller version of this plant with leaves < 6 mm long.  Leaves with tiny spine-like hais around the edge.

 

Moehringia trinervia

Photo Carl Farmer
(26 Jul 2004 Dingwall)
Picture c 10 cm long

 

Moehringia trinervia

Photo Carl Farmer
(26 Jul 2004 Dingwall)
Leaf c 10.5 mm across at widest


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