Flora and fauna (Scottish Highlands) - streapadair

Common Cow-wheat [Melampyrum pratensis]

Eastern slopes of Beinn Tulaichean, 10/7/83

~ This was an astonishing sight, like finding a red daffodil, for this Cow-wheat is invariably a cool yellow. Almost invariably, that is, and few flower books admit the existence of a red variety. Apart from this plant's neighbours, I've never seen another example. Its close relations M. arvense and M. cristatum have similar colouring, but are only found much further south.