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Annual Mercury

Mercurialis annua

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, roadsides, walls, wasteland.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Green catkins. Pollinated by the wind, bees and flies.
Fruit:
The fruits are dry and bristly.
Leaves:
An annual flower with broadly oval to lance-shaped, pale green leaves. The leaves are in opposite pairs along the stems. The stem is erect. The leaves of Annual Mercury are paler than those of the similar looking Dog's Mercury (Mercurialis perennis).
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

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