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Plant Details

Melampyrum lineare

Cow-wheat, Common Cow-wheat, Appalachian Cow-wheat, Narrowleaf Cow-wheat

Scientific Name:

Melampyrum lineare

Common Name:

Cow-wheat, Common Cow-wheat, Appalachian Cow-wheat, Narrowleaf Cow-wheat

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Habitat Description:

Var. latifolium: Dry soils in ridgetop woodlands, heath balds, and in thin soils around rock outcrops (especially on granitic domes near Highlands, NC); common in NC Mountains; var. americanum: Dry soils; rare in NC Mountains (Weakley 2015).

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Hemiparasitic. Two varieties in NC, var. americanum (Common Cow-wheat) and var. latifolium (Appalachian Cow-wheat).

Blooming Plants

The plants are small, slender, delicate.

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Black Mountain, June 2005
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Buds and Blooms

The flowers are not even an inch long.

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Black Mountain, June 2005
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

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Black Mountain, June 2005
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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