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Annual Mercury, Mercurialis annua Family: Euphorbiaceae
Mercurialis annua     *     Annual Mercury

Flowering time: March-October. Annual

Habitat: Waste ground, gardens and roadsides on disturbed nutrient-rich soils. Common in S and SE England, scattered distribution elsewhere.

Very small dioecious flowers, female flowers in clusters, male flowers in spikes. Many stamens. Produces very long-lived, bristly seed. The stems are branched from the base, the leaves and stems are usually hairless, leaves short-stalked and toothed.

Similar: Dog's Mercury, Mercurialis perennis


Annual Mercury, Mercurialis annua       Annual Mercury, Mercurialis annua


Annual Mercury, Mercurialis annua
Annual Mercury, Mercurialis annua
Wareham, Dorset. August 2012

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