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A very interesting plant spotted first time in my life - at first I really did not know what to think of it, and looked in some parasitic families for clues... It came out to be a member of Asteraceae family, relatively common one in Europe - Butterbur, a.k.a. Devil's hat, bog rhubarb, and pestilence wort; and its 'orobanche' appearance is simply coming because those thick and white-and-pink flower stems appear before the leaves.
Found about 15 already formed inflorescences and few more coming on banks of a river Valserine in Jura range. Mixed forest around.
It appears that leaves of these plants were used against infections in Central European traditional medicine.
Spotted on Mar 7, 2021
Submitted on Mar 10, 2021
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