Weasel's-snout - Misopates orontium
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.
Arable fields, waste and bare places.
July to October.
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.
Uncommon, with most records coming from southern Britain.
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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