CORAL-NECKLACE

Illecebrum verticillatum

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8bicolour
flower
flower8white
flower
flower8pink
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZtieredwhorls
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZrare
sex
sexZbisexual

23rd Oct 2006, South Hampshire, England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
The white objects are not the petals, they have dropped off, but rather they must be the fruits. [Those leaves which are long linear and in rosettes do not belong to Coral-Necklace]. It is an annual prostrate plant, without hairs.


23rd Oct 2006, South Hampshire, England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
It is called a 'necklace' in common parlance because the flowers grow in dense clusters just above each pair of leaves, strung out along the stem in necklace fashion like those of a Knotgrass (such as Sea Knotgrass) but there are many more flowers around each node in Coral-necklace and the leaves are much stubbier.


23rd Oct 2006, South Hampshire, England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
The white pointed objects are the fruits of its labours.


23rd Oct 2006, South Hampshire, England. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
The flowers (absent here) are 4 to 5mm in diameter in really dense clusters (most must have fallen off in this specimen). The white objects visible are be the hooded sepals, which are also in 5's like the (now absent) petals. These sepals are thic, succulent, and have finely pointed tip. It has oval leaves which are nearly round, some of them coming to a tiny rounded point at the tip. The book mentions a pair of short stipules coming from just beneath the leaves but your Author cannot see any here. Maybe they drop off?


Some similarities to : Smooth Rupturewort (Herniara glabra) and Fringed Rupturewort (Herniara cilioata) but they have longer more oval leaves and fewer and much tinier (1 to 3mm across) flowers above each pair of leaves.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Coralroot (Cardamine bulbifera), Pinnate Coralroot (Cardamine heptaphylla), Coral Stonewort (Chara tomentosa), Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza trifida), Coral Spurge (Euphorbia corallioides), Coral-bells (Heuchera micrantha), Coral-bells (Heuchera sanguinea), Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) or to Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

It is a very rare [RRR] and grows in open sandy ground, such as on the edges of paths, or on the margins of ponds, mostly in the New Forest and Cornwall but even there it is rare!


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Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Illecebrum
Illecebrum
(Coral-Necklace)

CORAL-NECKLACE

Illecebrum verticillatum

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]