Creeping Marshwort

Oxford is now the only place Creeping Marshwort can be found

Latin name: Apium repens

Description/identification

Creeping Marshwort is a small creeping plant which forms delicate white umbels. It’s simply pinnate leaves are arranged in 2-5 pairs and are shallowly- toothed save for one deep indentation. It flowers from late July to November. Be aware that the Apium family is a group of very similar looking plants, so you’ll need to consult a plant key to make sure that you have the right species.

Habitat

Creeping Marshwort likes damp nutrient-rich, grassland on the margins of floodplain ponds that is prone to winter flooding. It prefers sparsely vegetated ground kept short by grazing.

Distribution and threats

Creeping Marshwort is now only found at a small number of sites in Oxford. It is currently listed as Endangered in the Red Data Book for Great Britain. Threats include habitat loss, loss of grazing and lack of management.