Corn Snapdragon
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Corn Snapdragon
ative Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Corn Snapdragon, Lesser Snapdragon, Weasel's Snout
Botanical name: Misopates orontium subsp. gibbosum    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)
Synonyms: Antirrhinum gibbosum

Corn Snapdragon is a native of disturbed ground, with dark green and shiny leaves. Leaves are stalkless, lower opposite, upper alternate, narrowly oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, 3-5 cm long. The pink flowers resemble a miniature Snapdragon and are followed by a hairy green fruit which is said to resemble a weasel's snout. The flowers are normally pink, but occasionally white ones also appear. The subspecies found in India has flowers with tubes distinctly swollen. The subspecies found in Europe has flowers with narrower flower-tube. Corn Snapdragon is found from Africa to India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Nidhan Singh, J.M. Garg Photographed in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

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