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.

Britain: 7 taxa.

Melampyrum pratense

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

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:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melampyrum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melampyrum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melampyrum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melampyrum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-20

Hyde, M.A. (2020). UK Flora: Genus page: Melampyrum.
https://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=817, retrieved 14 July 2020

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