Flora of Northern Ireland
Torilis nodosa
(Map updated: March 2008)

Only in the east of the Province and mostly found near the coasts of Cos Antrim and Down. A local species of dry stony and gravelly banks which may now be extinct, the last report being from Co Down in 1945.

This is an annual umbelliferous species, often growing prostrate and with the umbels of small white flowers arising from the stem opposite the divided leaves. The fruit is distinctive - it has warts on one side and bristles on the opposite side.

All names: Torilis nodosa (L.) Gaertner; Caucalis nodosa (L.) Scop.