Further to my recent question as to idntifying Greater Yellow Rattle, I think this is what the flowers in the attached photos are but please could someone confirm that?
The reason I think they may be Greater Yellow Rattle is that the other Yellow Rattle in the field has flowered already and is now going to seed where as these have only just started flowering; the bluish teeth on the corolla are longer and more pointed than the others were and the corolla tube looks curved (I think:)
Yes - I agree that your plant is GreaterYellow Rattle (Rhinanthus angustifolius) - v. exciting! Although this species has increased in the Surrey part of its range in recent years as a consequence of conservation activities it is still an extremely rare plant in the UK and is also protected under schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. I'd be very keen to know where your field is!
The field is part of Saltbox SSSI, Biggin Hill...still exciting though as I don't think it has been noted there before. I will email London Wildlife Trust who own that part to let them know. I also think there could have been quite a lot on a bit of privately owned land near Caterham that I visited today but unfortunately I was too busy putting some fencing up in the pouring rain to look properly. Will check again soon. Thanks for your help.