Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Yellow-rattle, Rhinanthus minor, Gliográn
Photographs: Co. Cork

Rhinanthus minor
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Flowering: May-August. Semi-parasitic annual. Native.

Short spike of yellow 2-lipped flowers, the upper lip sometimes with 2 short violet teeth. Fruit is bladder-like and contains flat seeds that rattle when dry. The narrow, toothed leaves are in opposite pairs on the hard, erect and sometimes blackish stem. A very variable semi-parasitic plant with several subspecies recognised.

Can be abundant on semi-natural grassland and dunes but is declining in some areas. Frequently included in many wildflower seed mixtures.

Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor, Gliográn

Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor, Gliográn
Yellow-rattle, Rhinanthus minor, Gliográn

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