Irish wildflowers

Lesser Centaury, Centaurium pulchellum, Dréimire beag
Photos by Gerry Flannery. Bull Island

Lesser Centaury
Centaurium pulchellum
Dréimire beag
Family: Gentianaceae

Flowering June-August. Annual. Native.

Spreading inflorescence of small pink flowers on stalks 1-4mm long. Narrow petals. Corolla tube longer than calyx. No basal rosette of leaves at flowering time. Stems branched or unbranched. Slender plant, usually 5-10cm.

Very rare. Coastal dunes Co Dublin, Wexford, Waterford.
Identification confirmed by Paul Green, Co.Wexford

Similar: Common Centaury, C. erythyraea
     
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