Burnet-saxifrage, Greater

Information on Greater Burnet-saxifrage

Common Name: Greater Burnet-saxifrage
Scientific Name: Pimpinella major
Irish Name: Coll an dromáin
Family Group: Apiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Greater Burnet-saxifrage could sometimes be confused with:

Burnet-saxifrage, Lovage, Scots,

Greater Burnet-saxifrage is a hairless perennial which grows to about 1 metre high on grassy roadsides and in woodland borders, mainly in the south-west and west of Ireland. It bears its small 3mm, white (occasionally pink) flowers in terminal umbels (3-6cm across) which have 10-25 rays. The flowers, which have no sepals, have long styles. There are no bracts or bracteoles below the umbels. The leaves are pinnate, glossy, and the oval-elliptical leaflets are toothed. The hairless stems are hollow and very strongly ridged. The fruit is egg-shaped with ridges. This species is in bloom in June and July and is a native plant. 

I first came across this species in July, 2014, in Clonbur, Co Galway when I also photographed it. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Burnet-saxifrage, Greater
Burnet-saxifrage, Greater
Burnet-saxifrage, Greater
Burnet-saxifrage, Greater