Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Common Cow-Wheat
Melampyrum pratense
Lus an tsagairt
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering time: May - September. Hemiparasitic annual. Native.

Pale or golden yellow flowers in pairs in leaf-axils. Horizontal lower lip, often with purplish markings near mouth. Corolla tube longer than calyx. 4 large seeds, distributed by ants. Hairless leaves narrow oval-lanceolate. Bracts are entire or sharp-toothed.

Frequent in acidic woods, scrub, heath, moorland. Tolerates shade.

Similar: Small Cow-wheat, M. sylvaticum. Rare.
Only found N Ireland.
     


    
Photographs above: Near Ballingeary, Co.Cork. June 2007

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