Toothwort - Lathraea squamaria

    Description

    Low to short parasitic, rhizomatous, white, lilac or pinkish plant. Leaves are scale like, fleshy and alternate. Flowers cylindrical, two lipped, 14 to 17 mm long and half nodding in a one sided spike.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Parasitic on the roots of various trees and shrubs such as Hazel, Alder, Beech and Elm.

    When to see it

    Flowers March to May.

    Life History

    Parasitic perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but rather local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map