FIELD WOUNDWORT

Stachys arvensis

Mint / Dead-Nettle Family [Lamiaceae]

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24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
A erect or sprawling lowish plant to 30cm high.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Oval leaves in pairs up the stem.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Flowers in whorls of only up to 6 flowers in a whorl.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Flowers dull pink with white markings and deeper purple marks. Leaves shallowly and bluntly toothed.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Once the flowers have gone the sepal tubes are left in whorls up the stem.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Flower has a long lower lip, that has two side-lobes. Upper petal forms a hood or cowl. Sepal tubes have five long pointed coarsely-hairy sepal teeth.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Flower has long tubular section before opening. Hairs end in small glands.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Stems are square(ish), possibly with two slightly bulging opposite sides. Upper leaves are stalkless.


24th Sept 2013, Durliegh Marsh, Petersfield, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Teeth on leaves blunted.


Some similarities to : Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris) but the corolla is pinkish purple rather than dullish-pink.

Slight resemblance to : Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) but that has much redder petals.

It grows in arable fields on either acidic or neutral soils and not on calcareous soils.


  Stachys arvensis  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Lamiaceae  

Distribution
 family8Mint / Dead-Nettle family8Lamiaceae

 BSBI maps
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Stachys
(Woundworts)

FIELD WOUNDWORT

Stachys arvensis

Mint / Dead-Nettle Family [Lamiaceae]