BUGSEED

Corispermum intermedium

(Formerly: Corispermum leptopterum)
Goosefoot Family [Amaranthaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8cream
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
sex
sexZbisexual

2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
A straggly plant growing to 60cm high, if it can work out which way is 'up'.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Later on in Autumn the whole plant will turn purplish-red.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
All leaves, which are up to 5cm long, are very narrow-elliptic to linear-lanceolate.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
A short inflorescence at the tip of each branch.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The stems can be square, angular or round with ribs.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Several short flower spikes near the end of a stem. Only the tiny cream-coloured anthers are noticeable.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Here the branched stem is roundish with several ribs. Stems are darkish-green with many short hairs here - both on the stems and the leaves, but the plant can also be hairless. Short flowering stalks emerge from the top of the leaf junctions.


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The flowers are petalless but probably have just a single tiny tepal. Now that is unusual, a one-tepalled flower!


2018, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Your Author is not sure if any of the single tepals can be made ot here. Could they be the semi-translucent parts, he wonders?
The seeds (not visible here) will be winged all around like an oval flying saucer when they appear (not dissimilar to the sweets of the same name extant in the 50's and 60's, but much tinier)


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis) nor to Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

The plant is a neophyte or casual growing in sandy places near the sea. It is found scattered in the South of England and Wales. It has a certain semblance to a small Summer-cypress (Bassia scoparia) which is in the same Family (Amaranthaceae) but a differing genus to Bugseed. It also looks a bit like a non-succulent version of Annual Seablight (Suaeda maritima) which is also in the Amaranthaceae family.


  Corispermum intermedium  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Amaranthaceae  

Distribution
 family8Goosefoot family8Amaranthaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Corispermum
Corispermum
(Bugseed)

BUGSEED

Corispermum intermedium

(Formerly: Corispermum leptopterum)
Goosefoot Family [Amaranthaceae]