This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Slender Parsley-Piert - Aphanes Australis.
Slender Parsley-Piert is found on all the inhabited islands and Samson, in fields, on disturbed ground and lurking on worn tracks with no more shelter than a low small rock. There is another species, called Parsley-piert, this is more common on the mainland and less common here.
The most obvious feature is the three lobed leaves along sprawling stalks. The tiny flowers are without petals and grow opposite the leaves surrounded by a leaflike stipule. The stipule on Slender parsley-piert is like a bowl with flat finger shaped edging. The flowers are oval ending in four closed triangles. The very slightly bigger Parsley-piert's flower triangles are open and the stipule is a cup with a pointy crown edge. The difference sounds much more obvious than it is.
Slender Parsley-Piert's botanical name is Aphanes Australis which means, a plant that is unseen or unnoticed. It doesn't necessarily mean that it came from Australia, but from a land to the south. In this case it could be southern Europe.
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