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Greater broomrape. Espárrago de lobo

Orobanche foetida


De la familia ChrysomelidaWolf asparagus is a plant that, as it does not have chlorophyll, obtains the nutrients from other plants that it parasitizes. Perennial, with a simple erect stem up to 80 cm tall, robust, usually with a swollen base and with glandular hairs. The leaves, near the base, are poorly developed, alternate, fleshy, sessile (without a petiole), oblong to ovate, and brown in color. The flowers are grouped in dense terminal spike-shaped inflorescences, yellowish or purple in color, and unpleasant odor. Flowers in May.


Dune area between pine forest and the Mediterranean Sea. Wolf asparagus parasitizes the roots of leguminous shrubs such as brooms, gorse and genistas (Cytisus scoparius, Cytisus striatus, Cytisus multiflorus, Cytisus oromediterraneus, Ulex europaeus and Genista), reducing their vigor. It inhabits the lands in which these appear, normally hills, pastures and terraces.


Curious name and curious plant. According to the naturalist Teofasto, who already dealt with plants approximately 300 years BC. C, these receive their name for strangling others, -for widening, squeezing or drowning- since it is, as we say, a parasitic plant.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 months ago

Missed this one - fantastic spotting Eulalia. Congratulations !

armadeus.4 5 months ago

Great series and wonderful spotting Eulalia! First time I have ever heard about these plants. Congratulations on your SOTW. Thank you for sharing :)

Tukup 5 months ago

Felicitaciones por el avistamiento de la Semana Eulalia. Bien hecho.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 months ago

Lovely spotting, and love that story of Broomrapes - I've always found the family fascinating. Congrats on your SOTW!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 months ago

curious name and curious plant! Interesting to know that plants use strangling as a strategy for survival

Brian38 5 months ago

Congratulations eulalia rubio on a well deserved SOTW.

MichaelS 5 months ago

Your greater broomrape spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! Thank you for sharing this unique species and terrific field notes with the Project Noah community. We look forward to your future nature discoveries!

Machi 6 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Isabela 8 months ago

Very interesting!

Tukup 9 months ago

Great notes on a really weird plant. Thanks Eulalia.

eulalia rubio
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eulalia rubio

València, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 21, 2021
Submitted on Apr 21, 2021

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