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Common Centaury

Common Centaury, West Bay,

West Dorset

Flat flowerhead

Close-up of flowers, anthers, styles and stigmas

Flower buds and stamens with twisted anthers

Sessile or subsessile flowers

Basal rosette of leaves

and stem branching towards the top

Basal rosette of leaves early in the season

Stem leaves

Dwarf form, Cogden Beach, Dorset

Stamens and round bifid stigmas of dwarf form