Orthocarpus luteus (Owl's Clover) - photos and description

Orthocarpus luteus

Orthocarpus luteus

Orthocarpus luteus

Orthocarpus luteus

Orthocarpus luteus

General: Annual plant with stems simple to branching above. Plants glandular hairy. Parasitic on the roots of neighbouring plants.

Flowers: Flowers grow in leafy, terminal spikes. The flowers are small, yellow, two-lipped. We measured flowers to 6 mm long. Blooms in mid to late summer. 

Leaves: Leaves are small, lance-shaped, alternate, clasp the stem. Leaves to 15 mm long, and 2 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm; we measured plants to a height of 34 cm tall.

Habitat: Dry prairie grassland.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken August 9th and 13th, in grassland at White Butte, 25 km east of our home in Regina, SK.