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Umbilicus rupestris

Nombril-de-Vénus
Navelwort

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

8-10 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Succulent

Height

20 cm

Description

The Latin name ‘umbilicus’ comes from the navel-like dip in the centre of the rounded leaves, ‘rupestris’ means growing near rocks.

Grows in old stone walls, in damp and shade.

Flowers

The flowers are whitish-green, borne in a tapered inflorescence.

Leaves

Succulent fleshy, water-retaining leaves. Basal leaves: rounded, with a long stalk at the centre of the leaf. The leaves are fleshy with scalloped margins.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: tiny capsules the length of the stalk containing seeds.

Edible

Leaves, crunchy when young.

Medical

Leaves: sap applied to scratches as disinfectant and for pain relief.

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