Descurainia sophia   Flixweed C DD N?

Descurainia sophia

I have occasionally seen this possible native around waste sites and verges in various parts of the country but in this set-aside field in Breckland it was abundant. Although it is a yellow crucifer which are notoriously difficult to identify, this plant has very characteristic feathery leaves and small flowers. Originally known as Fluxweed, it was thought at one time to be a cure for dysentery.

D. sophia is most frequently recorded from east Anglia in England but is dotted around the country with concentrations around Inverness for example. There is not much to be found in Ireland.

Set-aside field in Breckland 18th June 2005

Added on August 4th 2005, updated 12th December 2008, updated 28th March 2010

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