17 Juni 2010

The Weasel's Snout

The Weasel's snout (Misopates orontium, synonym: orontium Antirrhinum) is an annual plant in the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). The species is on the Dutch Red List of plants as relatively rare and has fallen sharply. The plant is found in Eurasia.

The plant is 8-30 cm high. The stem is ascending to the top glandular hairs. The line-shaped or oval-elliptic leaves are 2-5 cm long and 2-7 mm wide.

The Weasel's snout blooms from June to October in sparse clusters. The bisexual flowers are bright pink, sometimes white and the petals are darker stripes. The flowers are 1-1.5 cm long, shorter than the bracts. The calyx lips are linear.

The fruit is an ovoid, 8-10 mm wide, with conspicuous pores open capsule and glandular hairs. The seeds are slightly flattened.

The Weasel's snout is found on open, moist, moderately fertile soils of arable land, gardens and along railway lines.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akkerleeuwenbek

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