Common broomrape – a parasitic plant

Whilst out walking near Powderham last weekend I found a colony of Common Broomrape Orobanche minor. Broomrapes are parasitic plants which derive their energy and nutrients by tapping in the root systems of other  plants who get their energy from the sun and their nutrients from the soil.

Common broomrape
Common broomrape a species which parasites clovers and members of the daisy family – it is probably that this broomrape is paralysing the fleabane in this picture.

Broomrapes can be quite tricky to identify and I am grateful to my old friend Phil Wilson who helped me with the ID.


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