Yellow-rattle - Rhinanthus minor
Low to medium plant, stem erect, often with black streaks or dots, leaves oblong to linear lanceolate, 5 to 15 mm wide, dark green, toothed. Bracts triangular and sharply toothed, equalling, or longer than the calyx. Flowers yellow, 13 to 15 mm, with violet, or occasionally white teeth, mouth more or less open.
Grassy habitats, hay meadows, roadside verges.
May to September.
Annual semi parasitic.
Fairly frequent throughout Britain.
Fairly frequent but probably declining in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 183 of the 617 tetrads.
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