NAVELWORT

WALL PENNYWORT, PENNYWORT, KIDNEYWORT, WALL PENNYROYAL

Umbilicus rupestris

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

month8May month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8Aug

status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8cream
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ1
   (5)
type
typeZbell
 
type
typeZtubular
 
type
typeZspiked
 
stem
stem8round
 

16th April 2008, Maiden Castle, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
The (dimpled) leaves appear first.


23rd May 2008, Shell Island, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Then green flowers


22nd Aug 2007, Llanfairfechan, North Wales Photo: © RWD
Showing the alternately staggered arrangement of the pairs of flowers.


13th May 2008, Near Conwy Mountain, North Wales Path. Photo: © RWD
Some specimens have smaller and smaller leaves all the way up the stems. Moreover, the leaves shape-shift dramatically from arrowheads to notched-circular as they grow larger.


23rd May 2008, Shell Island, North Wales. Photo: © RWD


3rd June 2011, a dry-stone wall, Llanfairfechan, North Wales Coast Path. Photo: © RWD
Flowers not yet fully open (where the short triangular petals at the end should splay outwards).


23rd May 2008, Shell Island, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Whilst other specimens are highly branched near the base.


23rd May 2008, Shell Island, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
The five short triangular petals are now splayed out and the lower flowers are as 'fully open' as they will ever be.


13th May 2008, Near Conwy Mountain, North Wales Path. Photo: © RWD
Withered. In fruit. All stem leaves dropped off. New already-round ones growing around the base of last-years flowering stalk.


17th May 2015, a vertical sandstone cliff, River Dee, Chester. Photo: © RWD
The dimpled leaves, like umbrellas turned inside-outwards, come in all sizes. the smaller ones are younger.


17th May 2015, a vertical sandstone cliff, River Dee, Chester. Photo: © RWD
The smaller leaves are younger.


The leaves exhibit some similarities to : Marsh Pennywort but that has different flowers and grows in water or very damp places.

Distinguishing Feature : Grows in walls or cliff faces and has roundish shiny leaves at the base and a long thin spike of flowers up the wall. The leaves have a dimple in the middle reminiscent of a navel, which is how it acquired its name.

No relation to : Marsh Pennywort [a plant with similar name (and similar leaves)]


  Umbilicus rupestris  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Familyus  

Distribution
family8Stonecrop family8Crassulacaea

 BSBI maps
genus8Umbilicus
Umbilicus
(Navelwort)

NAVELWORT

WALL PENNYWORT, PENNYWORT, KIDNEYWORT, WALL PENNYROYAL

Umbilicus rupestris

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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