Melampyrum sylvaticum   Small Cow-wheat

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Also known as Wood Cow-wheat, this plant is about the same size as the much commoner (in the British Isles) Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat) The difference is in the size of the flowers. These are about half the size of M. pratense and have a fringe around the lip. M. sylvaticum will often be found in the hills and mountain up to 8,000 feet.

Woods near Potresina, Engandine, Switzerland 7th July 2010

Added on 23rd December 2010, updated 5th July 2014

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