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Common Toothwort

Lathraea squamaria

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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:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Hedgerows, riverbanks, riversides, woodland.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
An annual parasitic plant which lives off the roots of other woody plants. It feeds on and grows mainly beneath Hazel trees but also many other trees such as Walnut, Sycamore, Elm, Alder, Ash, Lime and Beech. Toothwort lacks chlorophyll and the flower is a creamy pink colour with mauve-coloured petals. The Toothwort flower droops to one side. 4 stamens.
Fruit:
A long, spherical capsule, a maximum of 1cm long. The fruit capsule contains many small seeds.
Leaves:
Toothwort is without leaves but instead it has small, fleshy scales on its thick stems. These scales are arranged alternately and are stalked.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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