WHITE RAMPING-FUMITORY

Fumaria capreolata

Poppy Family [Papaveraceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8white
 
inner
inner8beetroot
 
morph
morph8zygo
 
petals
petalsZ2
 
type
typeZspiked
 
type
typeZtubular
 
type
typeZspurred
v. short
stem
stem8round
 
stem
stem8milkysap stem8milkylatex
toxicity
toxicityZmedium

25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell
Also occurrs in the UK. Grows about a metre high.


25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell
Flowers are creamy-white, often tinged pink.


25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell


25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell
Flowers have a beetroot-red nearly black tip and small greyish-light-green trefoil-trefoil leaflets with a near circular profile.


25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell
Flowers in a short upright spike.


25th April 2013, Caramanico Terme, Italy Photo: © Angela McCardell
The creamy white flowers are light green in places.


Not to be semantically confused with : Round-headed Rampion (Phyteuma orbiculare) nor with Inchnadampf Rampion (Phyteuma scheuchzeri) nor the much rarer Spiked Rampion (Phyteuma spicatum) [plants with similar names belonging to the Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae)]

Easily mistaken for : other Fumitories if the flower colour is pinkish instead of creamy-white.

Found mainly near the coast and some inland areas. The spur at the rear of the flower is a very short 2mm long. White Ramping-fumitory occurs as two sub-species:

  • White Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria capreolata ssp. babingtonii) which is the more common, especially in Cornwall.
  • White Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria capreolata ssp. capreolata) which is quite rare, being found in but one or four hectads. [RRR]
It is not known which of the two species the above photographs represent since the photos were taken in Italy where your Author has not found a distribution map.

If the srems are broken they seep a potentially poisonous white latex dangerous to get in the eye causing glaucoma, but no poisonings have been reported.


  Fumaria capreolata  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Papaveraceae  

Distribution
 family8Poppy family8Papaveraceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Fumaria
Fumaria
(Fumitories)

WHITE RAMPING-FUMITORY

Fumaria capreolata

Poppy Family [Papaveraceae]