Little-Robin (upright form)
Little-Robin, Rodwell Trail, Wyke Regis, Dorset
Stamens with yellow anthers
Close-up of yellow anthers
Close-up of stigmas
Close-up of leaf
May to October
It is quite rare and found only in parts of the South and
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in hedgerows and rocky places near to the sea.
Little-Robin is a native, annual, erect or prostrate, herb,
growing up to 40cm.
The flowers are similar but smaller than in Herb Robert.
They are pinkish purple and range from 7 to 14mm across
in Little-Robin compared to 14 to 18mm across in Herb Robert.
The pollen is yellow (cf. orange in Herb Robert).
The pedicels and calyx are more densely hairy than in Herb
The leaves are palmate and the segments may be thinner
Stems are branched and rather fragile.
I have included the inland upright form and the coastal prostrate
because they look rather dissimilar.
The upright form looks like a small Herb Robert.
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