Unusual plant in the Hortus

The Hortus botanicus Haren acquired a new plant recently. We succeeded in geminating a few seeds of field cow-wheat (Melampyrum arvense) and they have developed into plants.

The plants have been set out at a place where we think they will do well. Field cow-wheat is a half-parasite from the family of the Broomrape and has been extremely rare in the Netherlands since 1950. In the past field cow-wheat could be found in grain fields, but the plant appears not to have been able to adapt to the habitat created by modern farming techniques.

 

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