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Seaside Centaury

Centaurium littorale

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Gentianaceae (Gentian)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, saltmarshes, sand dunes, seaside.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Tight clusters of pink flowers. Occasionally a white flower may be seen. Similar in appearance to Common Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) but is a smaller plant and the flowers are more bluish-pink. Lesser Centaury (Centaurium pulchellum) is also similar but it's petals are smaller and more slender. 5 stamens.
Fruit:
A 2-sectioned seed capsule.
Leaves:
An erect plant with stalkless, leathery, smooth and hairless, strap-shaped leaves. The leaves are parallel sided (a distinguishing feature), rather unlike other species of Centaury found in the UK. Basal and stem leaves are both present. The stem leaves are in opposite pairs up the stem. Can be found on sand dunes and on short turf at the seaside. Biennial.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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