Field Cowwheat

(Melampyrum arvense) Very rare in Britain now, for its presence in cornfields is not very desirable, as it contains a glucoside something like rhinanthin. If it gets into flour it colours it, and gives a bitter taste and a bad smell. No wonder it is called Poverty-weed in some parts of England, "with reference, no doubt, not only to the way in which it impoverishes the soil, but also to the fact that the seeds becoming mixed with the corn, rendered the latter of small value in the market" (Vaughan).

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