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Autumn Gentian


As autumn comes upon the Dorset countryside many of the flowers are over for another year but some late summer specialists linger. It is usually in late August that the autumn gentian comes in to flower for a fairly short season.

This is very much a flower of the chalk and limestone downs and cliffs, especially on the Purbeck Coast and although not a large flower it is certainly an attractive one.

It is also called Felwort from the ancient English feldwyrt meaning 'herb of the field'.


 

Common Name Autumn Gentian
Alternative Name(s) Fellwort
Scientific Name Gentianella amarella
Species Group Gentian Family Gentianaceae
Status
Interest Level
2
Visabile
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Gentian family - Gentianaceae
Status Local
Flower Colour Group Purple
Visible
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
Look for Short plant with upright trumpet flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Gentian Family Gentianaceae