Sunday, 1 May 2011

Lathraea squamaria L.

Latin name: Lathraea squamaria L.
Familia: Orobanchaceae
Croatian name: Potajnica
English name: Common Toothwort

A low, unbranched, slightly hairy pink perennial. It is usually 20 cm high, with no leaves but broad scales (squamae) up the stem. It grows in clumps as a parasite on the roots of various shrubs and trees, especially Hazel.
Flowers are set on short stalks, two-lipped, pink, drooping in a one-sided spike. Fruits are egg-shaped. It can be found in woods and hedges in April and May.

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