Orobanche minor Sm.

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Orobanche minor

Photo: Bas Jongeling
Gosho Park, Marondera

Orobanche minor

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

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Synonyms:
Common names: Common broomrape (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Probably native
Description:
Erect parasitic herb, lacking chlorophyll. Whole plant yellowish-brown, covered in glandular hairs. Stem with a few ovate-lanceolate scales. Inflorescence terminal. Flowers dull yellow, pinkish to violet-blue, with darker veins. Fruit an ovoid-ellipsoid capsule.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: minor: "the smaller", lesser.
Habitat: A parasite on many cultivated crop species; also in grassland, woodland and along forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere but also in most of Subsaharan Africa. This may suggest it might not be native here.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Literature:

Graham, R.A. (1957). Orobanchaceae FTEA Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 5 - 6.

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, S Africa. Page 55. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 65.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae FZ 8(2) Pages 160 - 161. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 98.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Orobanche minor.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152320, retrieved 1 October 2014

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