Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Mercurialis perennis

Mercuriale vivace
Dog’s Mercury

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

green

Flower size

4-5 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

20-40 cm

Description

A woodland plant with a creeping rootstock, carpeting large areas. The roots when dried turn blue, losing its toxicity through drying or boiling.

Dioscorides administered tinctures of the male flowers to produce a male child and the female flowers to produce a female child.

Flowers

The female and male flowers are on separate plants, the anthersupper fertile part of the stamen containing the pollen make the male flowers appear yellow.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Elliptic oval leaf. Long, wider in the middle, pointed to oval, with serrated margins, opposite on the stem, with stalks.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with fine hairs in two valves, 7 mm.

Medical

Long medicinal history going back to ancient Greece and its famous doctor and botanist Dioscorides. No longer used today.

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