PARSLEY-PIERT

Aphanes arvensis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
If only your Author had spotted the two green flowers top right when he was taking the photos he would have taken some close-ups of them. They are minute, 1-2mm across and concolorous with the pale-green leaves.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
There are two flowers just left of centre. Lacking petals the flower has 4 green sepals plus a green (4-toothed?) epicalyx below that, which might be just visible(?). It usually has just a single stamen (there can be up to 2), a white anther might be visible in one of the flowers shown (unless its a grain of sand?). It is bisexual but no style is mentioned in the texts, although


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
It was growing amidst another 3 plants, which your Author has tried hard to exclude from the crop shown, but has not entirely succeeded: the long narrow stems and leaves lower left are intrusions. Your plant has fanned leaves up to 1cm across with relatively long hairs.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
The leaves might(?) have up to 8 lobes, each lobe ending in a blunt tip.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
It seems that the leaves grow telescopically, one within the other. The plant is usually prostrate, but can reach the dizzying height of up to 10cm.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
The leaves emerge telescopically.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD
Telescoped leaves.


22nd April 2017, limestone cliff tops, Loggerheads Country Park, North Wales Photo: © RWD


Not to be semantically confused with : Parsley Fern (Cryptogramma crispa), Garden Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Parsley Water-Dropwort (Oenanthe lachenalii), Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), Fool's Parsley (Aethusa cynapium subsp. cynapium), Upright Hedge-Parsley (Torilis japonica) etc, etc [plants with similar names belonging to diverse families]

Easily mistaken for : Slender Parsley-piert (Aphanes australis) which are distinguishable only by the shape of the fruit which themselves are fairly similar. [Unfortunately your Author has no photos of the fruits; the reader is lucky he even found some flowers lurking in the photographs.

This plant is easily missed in the wild. Your Author was drawn attention to it after walking straight over many, so un-intrusive are they.


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Aphanes
(Parsley-Pierts)

PARSLEY-PIERT

Aphanes arvensis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]