Weasel's-snout - Misopates orontium

Alternative names
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.

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

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