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LESSER CENTAURY Centaurium pulchellum (Gentianaceae) * Height to 15cm. Slender annual that usually branches from near the base. Rather similar to Common Centaury but it lacks a basal rosette of leaves. FLOWERS are 5-8mm across, short-stalked and dark pink; borne in open clusters (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are narrowly ovate, 3-7 veined and appear only on the stems.