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Bastard Toadflax

Thesium humifusum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Santalales
Family:
Santalaceae (Sandalwood)
Also in this family:
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
The inflorescence is a flower spike. The flowers are yellowish-green but white on the outside. Star-shaped with 5 conjoined petals. Flowers each measure 2 or 3mm across. Leaf-like bracts are present near their bases.
Fruit:
The fruit is a nut.
Leaves:
Bastard Toadflax is a semi-parasitic perennial whose foliage is difficult to notice among the grasses in which it usually grows. It's leaves are narrow and linear. The leaves are alternate along both sides of the stems. Mat-forming. Normally found on short turf.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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