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Crested Cow-wheat

Melampyrum cristatum

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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:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Pink, 1 petal
 
The inflorescence is a short, leafy spike. The upper lip of the flower is pinkish-purple. The lower lip is yellow. The long bracts are bright pinkish-purple and are strongly recurved backwards. The bracts are also long-toothed. 4 stamens.
Fruit:
A long, flat capsule, up to 1cm long.
Leaves:
A semi-parasitic, annual plant, mainly encountered on the edges of Oak woodland. The long and linear leaves appear in opposite pairs along the stems.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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