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Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata)
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Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata)

General: Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata) is a parasitic plant that has no chlorophyll. Broom-rape attaches to the roots of other plants and sucks sugars and nutrients from them. Broom-rape has no aboveground stems; only the flowers, flowers stalks, and a few bracts emerge to a few inches above ground. The flowers are tubular and bent, ranging in color from yellow to purplish.

Clustered Broom-rape is an uncommon component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained soils on in the lower mountains (Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) and Transition (Yellow Pine Forest) life zones.

Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Family: Broom-rape family (Orobanchaceae).

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Plant Form: Upright flower stems emerging from the ground.

Height: To about 4 inches.

Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Stems: None.

Leaves: None.

Flowers: Tubular, yellow to purplish.

Seeds:

Clustered Broom-rape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Habitat: Forested slopes in the mountains.

Elevation: To about 10,000 feet.

Distribution: Western North America.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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