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Small Cow-wheat

Melampyrum sylvaticum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Riverbanks, riversides, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 1 petal
 
Annual. Flowers always deep yellow with purple speckles in the centre, in pairs with leaf-like bracts at the bottom, up to 1cm.
Fruit:
Dark brown capsule containing 2 large seeds.
Leaves:
Opposite linear-lanceolate leaves. Unstalked, entire margins and not hairy.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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