Description of the genus
Parasitic herbs, lacking chlorophyll, usually covered in glandular hairs. Stems erect. Leaves present as large scales. Inflorescence a lax or dense spike or raceme. Bracts present; bracteoles 0 (in ours). Calyx campanulate. Corolla tubular, curved, strongly 2-lipped; upper lip (in ours) emarginate or shallowly 2-lobed; lower lip 3-lobed with prominent folds between. Stamens 4, didynamous, included or ± so. Capsule 2-valved. Seeds minute, numerous, subspherical.
Worldwide: 150 species, temperate and warm regions
Other sources of information about Orobanche:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): OrobancheFlora Zambesiaca
web site: OrobancheGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for OrobancheIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): OrobancheKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Orobanche.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1300, retrieved 22 May 2013