Languard Nature Reserve
Stinking Goosefoot habitat.
It seems to favour rabbit scrapes with bare soil and lots of droppings, conditions that prevent many other plants from thriving hence there's little competition. Although there were lots of seemingly suitable areas only three plants were growing this year. One had been partially dug up by rabbits which is one of the hazards of growing on their toilets I suppose! At least the rabbits don't eat it. Perhaps that's why it smells so bad, so as to put them off, because it is perfectly edible despite the smell.
It's an inconspicuous mealy looking plant.
The flowers are inconspicuous too....
They are tiny and yellow.
The whole plant is covered with these tiny white 'crystals' which contain the chemicals which cause the strong smell if they are rubbed. The smell is that memorable I can actually imagine I'm smelling it by just looking at these photos.
Stinking Goosefoot - Chenopodium vulvaria
With Lacewing and scenic backdrop.