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Bellardia trixago - Bellardia

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Lamiales - Family: Orobanchaceae

Bellardia trixago

This member of the Broomrape family is semi-parasitic.

Description

A hairy, short to medium height annual wildflower with opposite linear-lanceolate toothed lower leaves and untoothed heart-shaped uppermost leaves eaves, the plants have a single flower spike on an erect stem. The flowers are normally white with pink-flushed lips, but they can sometimes be yellow.

Yellow Bellardia trixago

Distribution

The symmetrical, four-sided plants are very attractive and found throughout the Mediterranean region.

Habitat

The pale mauve colour form is common in grassy places and in the garrigue. The flowers are normally white with pink-flushed lips, but they can sometimes be yellow. It can be found on abandoned farmland, on roadsides and in the garrigue. The yellow one more commonly occurs in sand dunes in the Algarve.

Flowering times

Both colour forms of Bellardia flower from March until June.

Yellow form of Bellardia, Portugal

On the coast and in sand dunes is a good place to look for yellow Bellardia.

A group of Bellardia, yellow form

These specimens were photographed in the Algarve in Portugal in May.


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