Melampyrum L. - Cow-wheats

Description of the genus

Hemiparasitic annuals. Leaves opposite, not lobed, entire. Inflorescence a terminal, bracteate, spike or raceme. Calyx 4-lobed, not inflated. Corolla 2-lipped; upper lip laterally flattened, the margins ± recurved; lower lip 3-lobed, with a prominent palate. Stamens 4. Capsule flattened. Seeds 1-4.

Worldwide: 35 species in northern temperate regions.

Melampyrum pratense

Links to taxa (7)

SpeciesSpecies codeContent
arvense L.
barbatum Waldst. & Kit. ex Willd.
cristatum L.
pratense L.[Agg]Description, Image
pratense L. subsp. commutatum (Tausch ex A. Kern.) C.E. Britton
pratense L. subsp. pratense
sylvaticum L.

Other sources of information about Melampyrum:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melampyrum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Genus page: Melampyrum., retrieved 20 April 2018

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