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YELLOW CENTAURY Cicendia filiformis (Gentianaceae) Height to 15cm. Slender and extremely delicate annual or biennial that is extremely easy to overlook when not in flower. Found on damp, sandy ground, usually growing in short turf, and often near the sea. FLOWERS are 3-5mm across with 4 petal-like corolla lobes that open only in full sunshine (Jul-Aug). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are tiny, narrow and borne in opposite pairs. STATUS-Extremely local and restricted to S and SW Britain and SW Ireland; perhaps easiest to find in the New Forest.
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