Rhinanthus minor (Yellow Rattle) - photos and description





General: Upright annual plants with a single stem, branching above.

Flowers: Yellow flowers in leaf axils and in a terminal spike. Flowers two lipped, the upper lip hooded, flowers measured at 8 mm long. Stems sparsely hairy with long hairs.

Leaves:  Leaves are opposite, linear lanceolate, serrate, stalkless, leaf highlighted in photo above was 3 cm long and 9 mm wide. Bottom and top of leaves pubescent with short hairs.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm tall, we measured plants to 52 cm tall.

Habitat: Wet spots in meadows, forest openings and roadsides, boreal forest.

Abundance: Rare, ranked as an S3 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 13th forest roadside, boreal forest, north of Hudson Bay, about 400 km north of our home in Regina, Saskatchewan.