Weasel's-snout - Misopates orontium

    Alt Name
    Lesser Snapdragon

    Short, slightly branched plant, hairless below, but glandular hairy above. Leaves linear to elliptical, untoothed, the lower opposite, the upper alternate. Flowers pink, 10 to 15 mm, pouched at the base, scarcely stalked, borne in leafy racemes, the mouth of the corolla closed, calyx lobes equalling the corolla.

    Identification difficulty

    Arable fields, waste and bare places.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History

    Annual.  The pink flowers resemble a miniature snapdragon and are followed by a hairy green fruit which is said to resemble a weasel's snout giving rise to the common name.

    UK Status

    Uncommon, with most records coming from southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map