Herb-Paris (Paris quadrifolia) is an uncommon woodland plant in Dorset. It is found mainly on limestone soils and its presence is considered to be an indication that the woodland is long established, probably ancient woodland. Although there is a good deal of calcareous geology in Dorset there is not much woodland that occurs on it, it is mainly farmland with some remnant of open grassland.The plant itself has four leaves (quad = four, folia =leaved) in a whorl just below the black-centred star-like flower. The flower quickly gives way to a central black berry which, like the rest of the plant, is very poisonous.
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