Corn Cockle
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Corn Cockle
ntroduced Herb Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Corn Cockle, Common Corncockle, Corncockle
Botanical name: Agrostemma githago    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Corn Cockle is a hardy annual herb, 1-3 ft tall, with long appressed grayish hairs. Leaves are linear or linear-lanceshaped, 4-13 cm x 5-10 mm, midvein prominent, base slightly fused, tip pointed. Flower-stalks are very long. Sepal-tube is 1.2-1.5 cm, below hairy; teeth 2-3 cm. Petals are pink, 1.4-1.8 cm, shorter than sepals; obovate, notched. Stamens and styles are protruding. Capsule is ovoid, 1.2-1.8 cm, slightly longer than the sepal-cup. Seeds black, ovoid or kidney-shaped, 2.5-3 mm, with prominent pointed tubercles. Corn Cockle is SE. & E. Europe to N. Iran. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Delhi & Shimla.

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