West Highland Flora

Common Fumitory


Fumaria officinalis

 

Fumaria officinalis

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

Occasional weed of cultivated ground

Flowers c 7-8 mm long

ID: Lower petal spoon-shaped in outline when viewed from above or below.  Other fumitories have the tip of the lower petal like a spoon in that it is hollowed out, but the actual outline from directly above or below is parallel-sided (or almost so).  In this species there is a decided bulge to the outline at the tip.  It can be quite tricky to separate the lower petal from the rest of the flower in order to see this.

Other features: Also told from the other Skye species by the flowers being less than 9 mm long.  Flowers always pink with dark tips.  Fruit stalks straight and ascending as with F muralis and unlike F capreolata.  Sepals about twice as long as broad.  Leaf segments somewhat narrower than in the other two species, with an appearance of more space between adjacent segments.  Often more than 20 flowers per spike, unlike the other species.

 

Fumaria officinalis

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

 

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