Toothwort: the root of the matter | Nature Notes from Dorset

Hazel coppice can be one of the best habitats in which to find spring flowers and by April the woodland floor is covered in yellow, white and blue blossoms from an array of species. However, if you go to a coppice in late February or in March you may be rewarded by the discovery of this quite rare and unique flower, toothwort (Lathraea squamaria).
Toothwort is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of trees and has a particular affinity to the hazel. Being parasitic it does not need chlorophyll and so it is a creamy white colour tinged with purple. Those of you familiar with the broomrape family will see a resemblance as they are also parasitic plants and they are distantly related.

Read more: Toothwort: the root of the matter | Nature Notes from Dorset

Popular posts from this blog

Pelvetia canaliculata: the channelled wrack

Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica)