Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Melampyrum lineare Desr. image
Photographer: Arthur Meeks           

Arthur Meeks

Arthur Meeks

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Matthew L. Wagner

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Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Scrophulariaceae
Melampyrum lineare Desr.
narrow-leaved cow-wheat
Melampyrum: from melas for "black" and pyros for "wheat"
lineare: linear
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 3"-16" tall forb, usually branched; partially parasitic
Flower: cream, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, tubular-cup shape, 4 stamens, upper lip hooded, lower lip 3-lobed and yellow; tube longer than the lips, straight, slightly wider at the end; flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruit:flattened, usually 4-seeded capsule
Leaf:opposite, mostly entire, linear
Habitat: moist; forests, bogs; in peaty, rocky, sandy soil

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