Irish wildflowers

Squinancywort, Asperula cynanchica
Photographs: Burren, Co.Clare

Asperula cynanchica
Lus na haincise
Family: Rubiaceae

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial. Native.

Small pinkish or white flowers, 4-petalled. vanilla scented. Fruit is pair of slightly rough nutlets. Whorls of 4 narrow linear-lanceolate leaves, at least the upper whorls with two long and two short leaves. Branched 4-angled stems. Hairless. Slender, variable plant with prostrate/sprawling growth habit. 10-25cm.

Grows on calcareous ground. Dunes, rocky grassland, sand-hills.
Mainly W, SW Ireland.

Above: Squinancywort. The Burren, Co.Clare. July 2008

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