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Orobanche purpurea


is a genus of over 200 species of parasitic herbaceous plants in the family Orobanchaceae, mostly native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. The broomrape plant is small, from 10–60 cm tall depending on species. It is best recognized by its yellow- to straw-coloured stems completely lacking chlorophyll, bearing yellow, white or blue, snapdragon-like flowers. The flower shoots are scaly, with a dense terminal spike of 10-20 flowers in most species, though single in O. uniflora. The leaves are merely triangular scales. The seeds are minute, tan-to-brown, and blacken with age. These plants generally flower from late winter to late spring. When they are not flowering, no part of these plants is visible above the surface of the soil.


As they have no chlorophyll, they are totally dependent on other plants for nutrients. Broomrape seeds remain dormant in the soil, often for many years, until stimulated to germinate by certain compounds produced by living plant roots. Native to central and southwestern Europe but widely naturalised elsewhere, is considered a major threat to crops in some areas.

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Asplenium 11 years ago
Blauwe bremraap
Orobanche purpurea Blauwe bremraap - Orobanche purpurea |

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The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Bedankt voor de ID!

The MnMs
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Oostende, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Aug 15, 2012
Submitted on Aug 26, 2012

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