Unknown plant in the southwest of Ireland

Roger Whitehead rgw at office-futures.com
Sat Mar 27 07:04:30 EST 1999


In article <tlamp-2703990543090001 at dial2in26.vr.in-berlin.de>, Thomas Lamp 
wrote:
> This plant growing in the southwest of Ireland, between stones [snip]

It Umbilicus rupestris (older names are Cotyledon rupestris, Umbilicus 
pendulinus and Cotyledon umbilicus), otherwise known as wall pennywort or 
navelwort.

Both colloquial names refer to the round and dimpled leaves. The generic name 
echoes the navel connection (no pun intended); the specific name indicates 
that it grows in and on rocks. It's common in Ireland and elsewhere in the 
British Isles, and also grows in France. I don't think it's found in central 
Europe.

Regards,

Roger

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