Orobanche fasciculata

Wildflowers Dicots Eudicots Asterids Lamiales Orobanchaceae Castilleja

Orobanche fasiculata flowerClustered Broomrape

Seen on the south side of Blue Canyon on the section of Cold Spring between Forbush and the grotto.

This is an obligate root parasite. It is only visible above ground when it flowers. It contains no chlorophyll. The cluster of blooming stalks all comes from the same plant.

The literature says they parasitize several genera of the Aster family, but the only one I have seen was adjacent to a small Yerba Santa.

Orobanche fasiculata stems

Orobanche fasiculata flower

Orobanche fasiculata plant

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