Pimpinella major   Greater Burnet-saxifrage C DD N

Pimpinella major

This is another plant whose English name misleads - it is not a Saxifrage but an umbellifer. It is very similar to but usually taller than Pimpinella saxifraga (Burnet-saxifrage) and in P. major the stems are hollow and the fruits slightly ridged.

P. major is common in the eastern part of England but far less common in the west. It is largely absent from Wales except near the borders and only a few sites exist in Scotland. In Ireland it is found in the south west corner.

Lane near Kingsley, Cheshire 30th August 2005

Added on 1st September 2005, updated 20th June 2011

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