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




Foliage is glandular-hairy.

Leaves with 3 lobes.

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, with 1 to 3 lance-shaped lobes, alternate, clasp the stem. We measured a central lobe at 15 mm long, and 1.5 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 Regina, SK, and August 16th native prairie about 50 km east of our home in Regina, SK.