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Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis
Family - Rubiaceae
Widespread annual plant regarded as a weed, growing mostly on waste ground, fields, roadsides and arable areas usually on calcareous soils with a creeping habit. Common in England and Wales rare otherwise. Slender prostrate stems to 30cm (12in) long of square section and branched, with oval narrow grey - green leaves covered in prickly hairs, four to six leaves in a radial arrangement along the stem. Pinkish flowers each about 3-5mm (0.15-0.25in) appearing May to October.
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