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Clustered Broom-Rape

Orobanche fasciculata

Orobanche fasciculata

Color: Yellowish or purple

Common name: Clustered Broom-Rape

Latin name: Orobanche fasciculata

Family: OROBANCHACEAE

Height: 2-8 inches

Orobanche fasciculata

Description: Orobanche fasciculata is a parasite growing attached to the roots of other plants. This plant produces one or more stems from a thick root, growing erect. As a parasite taking its nutrients from a host plant, it lacks leaves and chlorophyll. It is variable in color, often yellowish or purple. The inflorescence is a raceme of up to 20 flowers, each on a stalk up to 15 centimeters long. Each flower has a calyx of hairy triangular sepals and a tubular corolla 1.5 to 3 centimeters long. The flower is yellowish or purplish in color.

Range: California Floristic Province, Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains

Habitat: Dry, generally ± bare places, generally on shrubs (especially Artemisia, Eriodictyon, Eriogonum )

Elevation: < 3300 m.

Flowering time: Apr–Jul

Notes: Orobanche fasciculata, a dicot, is a perennial herb (parasitic) that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond. Distribution outside California: to Yukon, c N. America, n Mexico. Photographed in Kern County, California.

Orobanche fasciculata

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