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Common cow-wheat, - Melampyrum pratense Loch Lomond, Scotland. Geotagged,Melampyrum pratense,Spring,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Common cow-wheat, - Melampyrum pratense

Loch Lomond, Scotland.

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''Melampyrum pratense'', the common cow-wheat, is a plant species in the family Orobanchaceae.

The seed of the plant has an elaiosome, which is attractive to wood ants . The ants disperse the seeds of the plant when they take them back to their nests to feed their young. The plant is an ancient woodland indicator, as the ants rarely carry the seeds more than a few yards, seldom crossing a field to go to a new woodland.

The Latin specific epithet ''pratense'' means "of meadows".
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Similar species: Lamiales
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Nov 24, 2021. Captured Jun 17, 2013 11:27 in 496C+GF Alexandria, UK.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/5.6
  • 10/1250s
  • ISO400
  • 105mm