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Always happy to click on one of these parasitic herbaceous plant, incapable of producing chlorophylle and totally depending on their hosts for nutrients. Here, my guess goes to Orobanche minor - but am not sure, as O. minor comes in so many colors, varying from whitish, yellow to reddish like here...
Found on montane dry meadow, on forest margin on hilly slopes. This meadow was in an agricultural area of Bugey, eastern France, a region of green rolling hills covered by mixed forests, meadows and pastures.
Not having any chlorophyll, member of this family parasite other plants using special organ called haustoria - used to fix it to the roots of their host plant and to pump nutrients. Their seeds can remain dormant in the soil, often for many years, until stimulated to germinate by certain compounds produced by living plant roots.