What lies beneath

 

Tootwort root
Toothwort root

Accidentally dug up some toothwort root at the weekend, and a strange looking thing it is underground as well as above, see:

https://melickblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/the-weird-and-wonderful-toothwort

Tucked it back in again neatly, so it may produce visible flower spikes or it may just flower discreetly below the surface.

The generic name Lathraea squamaria comes from the Greek lathraios (secret) and the Latin squamaria (scaly): secret, scaly thing seems very apt from this angle!

 

 

 

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