13 April 2014

White Ramping-fumitory

Fumaria capreolata

It sounds like a nasty condition requiring antibiotics, but White Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria capreolata) is a handsome, large, white-flowered fumitory with a very coastal distribution in Wales. It's not common east of Gower in South Wales, but there seems to be a bit of a hot spot for it in the coastal strip between Margam and Kenfig. The specimen in the photo was found in the vicinity of Kenfig Industrial Estate, growing with Common Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis), a species with smaller, purple flowers. The most common fumitory in our area is Common Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria muralis) which has rose-pink flowers.

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