Euphrasia stricta (Stijve ogentroost (BE) / Eyebright (EN) / Steifer Augentrost (DE) / Euphraise raide (FR) ) is a hemiparasitic plant of the Scrophulariaceae family. This small half parasite deducts water and salts to grasses. It prefers moist, calcareous sand to grow. Due to loss of habitat is has become a rare plant in Belgium. The plant has been used to cure different eye-diseases. That is why the common name in most languages refer to "eye". But I would say you definitely need good eyes to see all the little details in the flower ....
Image: Lanaye (BE) - 09/08/2010
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