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GROUND-PINE Ajuga chamaepitys (Lamiaceae) Height to 20cm. Distinctive and unusual hairy annual. Grows on dry, bare and disturbed ground, including cultivated land, on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are 8-15mm long and mainly yellow, with small purple markings; borne at leaf nodes (May-Aug.) FRUITS are nutlets. LEAVES wither early at the base; stem leaves diagnostically deeply divided into 3 narrow lobes that smell of pine when rubbed. STATUS-Rare, S England only.
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