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Odontites vernus - Red Bartsia

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Lamiales - Family: Scrophulariaceae

Red Bartsia, Odontites vernus, West Wales 2021

Above: Red Bartsia growing in grassland in West Wales

Red Bartsia is widespread and common throughout the UK and Ireland. It is also found in northern and southern Europe, although it is absent from some of the islands in the Mediterranean region.

Red Bartsia, Odontites vernus - closeup of flowers

This plant is easy to overlook especially when growing in tallish grass.

Red Bartsia flowers

Red Bartsia is semi-parastic on the plants that grow alongside it, and is common on disturbed land and the sides of tracks as well as on the margins of farmland.

Red Bartsia close up

Red Bartsia flowers from June until September brightening up the landscape when many other flowers have died back.

Red Bartsia, Wales, July 2020

The plants on this page were photographed in Wales during July and August.


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