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Hypericum humifusum

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Hypericum humifusum is a prostrate flowering plant in the genus Hypericum commonly known as trailing St John's-wort.<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> It is found in Western Europe.

Hypericum humifusum

Description

Hypericum humifusum is a low-growing, hairless perennial. The thin trailing stems have two raised lines and bear opposite pairs of pale green elongated oval leaves, often with tiny translucent glands. The undersides of the leaves have tiny black dots on the edges. The flowers are about 1 cm (0.3 in) across and grow from the leaf axils. There are five sepals of unequal size and five yellow petals, often with a few black dots, and not much larger in size than the sepals. The stamens are united at the base into bundles. The fruits are dry.<ref name=PGWF>McKlintock, D. and R. S. R. Fitter. The Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers. (1956) Collins, London. P29.</ref><ref>Trailing St John's Wort West Highland Flora. Retrieved 2011-09-13.</ref>

Habitat

Hypericum humifusum grows on heaths, dry banks, bare land at the edge of tracks and light woodland.<ref name=PGWF/> It is found in Western Europe <ref>Hypericum humifusum Flora Europaea. Retrieved 2011-09-13.</ref> and throughout the British Isles where it flowers from May to September.<ref>Trailing St John's Wort BSBI Maps Scheme. Retrieved 2011-09-13.</ref>

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