Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Landscape Mountain Flax

Landscape mountain flax (Thesium humifusum) or dune mountain flax is a plant belonging to the sandalwood family (Santalaceae). The plant is half parasite and parasite on smooth and yellow bedstraw. The plant is native to Western Europe and arrives in the Netherlands in the area of Katwijk. The species is on the Dutch Red List of plants as very rare and very much reduced in number.

The plant is 10-30 cm high and has a lying or rising stem. The plant provides up to 2 mm wide, lanceolate leaves, a grain and a pointed top.

Parent mountain flax flowers in June and July with bell-shaped flowers, yellow-green on the outside and white inside. The corolla has five triangular lobes and each flower has two bracts. Inflorescence a raceme. The perianth in time the fruit rolled to the foot and much shorter than the rest of the fruit. The linear bracts are two to three times as long as the fruit.

The fruit is a nut that sits as an ant sandwich spread by ants.

The plant is found on chalky, grassy dune land.


See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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