Bellardia trixago

No English name                                                                                 Μη διαθέσιμη

Orobancheae - orobanche family                                                                     Dicot.


Growing on roadsides, field edges and waste ground, this pretty flower is inconspicuous amongst the springtime vegetation, but sometimes forms large colonies.

The flowers are arranged in a compact spikes with new flowers developing towards the apex as the plant grows. The shorter plants stems are vertical but longer ones lay along the ground turing upwards to form the flowering spike. The flowers which are separated by prominent green bracts, have an upper lip which is touched with pale pink and the lower three lobed lip is white. Characteristically the stems are square in cross section.

The whole of the plant is covered in glandular hairs.

18-22mm, 15-50cm                                                       JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Glandular hairs

Hairs are defined as fine projections from the surface. Glandular hairs have an organ of secretion at the tip which can be seen in close up as a tiny globule.

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