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Dog's Mercury, Mercurialis perennis Family: Euphorbiaceae
Mercurialis perennis     *     Dog's Mercury

Flowering time: April - May. Perennial

Habitat: Shaded woodlands on damp neutral or calcareous soils.

The tiny yellow-greenish flowers are dioecious, the male flowers in long spikes, female flowers often solitary. A variably hairy plant, the creeping rhizomes producing unbranched stems with opposite pairs of leaves.

Similar: Annual Mercury, M. annua. Branched stems, +/- hairless plant


Dog's Mercury, Mercurialis perennis

Dog's Mercury, Mercurialis perennis
Studland, Dorset. August 2007

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