Often found under beech trees, Sanicle is an erect perennial which reaches 60 – 70 cm high. It bears a few tight umbels of small pink or green-white flowers, with protruding stamens, from May to July. The outer flowers in each cluster are male, the inner being female. The basal leaves are long-stalked and palmately lobed, the smaller, upper having shorter stalks. The fruit is oval with hooked bristles. Also known as Wood Sanicle, this is a native plant belonging to the Carrot family – Apiaceae.
I first recorded this plant in the Burren in 1974 and I photographed it in Roundwood, Co Wicklow in 2010.
If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre