Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Lamiales - Family: Plantaginaceae
This Mediterranean wildflower is related to Antirrhinum majus, the much-loved Snapdragon which grows in our gardens in the UK, but which also grows wild in the Mediterranean region.
This member of the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) is common throughout the Iberian Peninsula and can pop up almost anywhere in arable land, on roadsides and even in rocky and sandy ground.
Misopates calycinum is easily confused with Misopates orontium - Lesser Snapdragon - with which it shares habitats. The colour and markings of the flower are rather different, and Misopates calycinum is a taller and more robust-looking plant.
Misopates calycinum blooms from March right through until September.
The specimen shown here was photographed in the Algarve, southern Portugal, in April.
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