Broad-fruited cornsalad Valerianella rimosa

Status Red - Endangered & Critically Endangered
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A small plant with tender leaves, very like the well-known lamb’s lettuce.

Despite its small lilac flowers found in groups on the ends of its branching stems, it remains quite inconspicuous.

Distribution

It is mainly found in southern England. It has declined rapidly over the past 60 years and is now only regularly found in only 8 arable sites and a few cliff or quarry sites.

Habitat

Arable field margins and similar disturbed ground, usually on chalky soils.

Status

Classified as Endangered.

Key threats

It is mainly threatened by modern agricultural methods such as the use of herbicides and fertilisers, the development of highly productive crop varieties, the loss of field margins, the loss of traditional crop rotations and the overgrowth of neglected marginal arable land.