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Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes Family: Rubiaceae
Cruciata laevipes     *     Crosswort

Flowering time: May - June. Perennial

Habitat: Neutral and calcareous grassland, scrub, hedgebanks and open woodland. Absent from north and west Scotland and Ireland.

Dense clusters of small, honey-scented, yellow flowers followed by smooth black fruit. The hairy stems are initially spreading and then erect with hairy yellowish-green leaves in whorls of four. Height 15-60cm


Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes       Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes


Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes
Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes
The Purbecks, Dorset. August 2008 and May 2013

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