Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Lamiales - Family: Orobanchaceae
This member of the Broomrape family is semi-parasitic.
The symmetrical, four-sided plants are very attractive and found throughout the Mediterranean region. 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. Both colour forms flower from March until June.
On the coast and in sand dunes is a good place to look for yellow Bellardia.
These specimens were photographed in the Algarve in Portugal in May.
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