Nodding broomrape

Orobanche cernua

Nodding broomrape (Orobanche cernua) is a parasitic plant of Sunflower, and Solanaceae. It is a native of Eurasia and Africa.

Broomrape is best recognized by its yellow-to-straw coloured stems completely lacking chlorophyll, bearing yellow, white or blue, snapdragon-like flowers. Broomrape seedlings put out a root-like growth, which attaches to the roots of nearby hosts. Once attached to a host, the broomrape robs its host of water and nutrients.

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