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Scaleroot (Lathraea squamaria)

Slightly Toxic



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It grows in riparian forests with lime-rich soils.


Aucubin, ammonia


The scaleroot is a complete parasite that cannot be found at first glance. The entire plant grows largely in the ground. The seeds germinate on a tree root and use their small suction roots to tap into the roots of alder, willow, hazel, poplar and elm.

The plant often even flowers underground and, unlike other plants, is chlorophyll-free. The flowers only appear after 10 years, by which time they have already formed huge rhizomes that can weigh several kilos. The flowers are strikingly pink to brown and look like lots of scales.

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