Small Water-pepper by arable field,
Isle of Portland, Dorset
Branched stems with flowers
Close-up of flowers and fringed ochreae
Closer view of flower and scaly sheath
June to September
It is patchily scattered throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in nutrient-rich mud, especially where ponds and ditches
dry out in the summer.
It also grows in damp pasture and can withstand trampling by cattle.
Small Water-pepper is a native, annual, branched, spreading herb,
growing up to 40cm.
The small flowers are pink and separated up the stem.
The ochreae (sheathing scales) are coarsely fringed.
Leaves are up to 5cm long and lanceolate.
Small Water-pepper is not acrid to taste.
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