Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

American Cowwheat
Melampyrum lineare var. latifolium
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5T5
State Rank: S2

Dry open sandstone ridgetops including dry to dry-mesic second growth woods, road edges and rock outcrops.

Species Description:
Annual herb.

Flowering Period: Early June to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Small annual with opposite lanceolate to ovate (not linear) leaves, the larger ones 10-13 mm wide. Bracteal leaves entire although the uppermost ones may have a few short basal teeth. Stamens 4, corolla glabrous and white with a yellow palate.

Timber removal would be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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