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.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassy habitats, hay meadows, roadside verges.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Annual semi parasitic.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    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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