Sea Stork's-bill rosette in full flower! Note also the
tiny rosette of tri-lobed leaves of Rue-leaved Saxifrage on the right
Sea Stork's-bill (Erodium maritimum) is locally frequent on thin soils on exposed cliffs of South Gower. It's flowers are probably the least inspiring of any I have seen, with plants either having no petals or with petals hidden by the sepals. The plants most attractive attribute is that it does form quite nice rosettes 3-4cm across, often with an orangey fringe of older leaves.
petal-less flower in full bloom
in fruit, displaying the characteristic 'stork's-bill'
Another characteristic plant of this habitats is Rue-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga tridactylites) which is decorated with sticky glandular hairs.