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Field Madder, Sherardia arvensis Family: Rubiaceae
Sherardia arvensis     *     Field Madder

Flowering time: May - September. Annual

Habitat: Found among short, dry, open grassland and on cliffs, dunes, waste ground and arable land. Usually on neutral or basic soils.

A small, +/- prostrate, +/- bristly plant with terminal clusters of small pinkish-mauve, 4-petalled flowers with leaf-like bracts. The round, bristly fruit are surrounded by sepal teeth. Whorls of 6 pointed, unstalked leaves.

Similar: Wild Madder, Rubia peregrina. A vigorous, scrambling plant with coarser leaves and 5-petalled creamy flowers.


Field Madder, Sherardia arvensis       Field Madder, Sherardia arvensis

Field Madder, Sherardia arvensis
Studland, Dorset. August 2007

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