Parasitic Plant

Smaxi

Joined March 2008

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One of the Orobanche, group of parasitic plants, commonly known as Broomrape or Bloomrape. Individual species are ‘host’ specific, for example there are ‘Ivy’, ‘Clover’ and ‘Thyme’ Bloomrape plus other host specific varieties. As they have no chlorophyll, they are totally dependent on other plants for nutrients by attaching themselves to the roots of the host plant. For the most part they remain entirely below ground and only appear as a flower spike.

Photographed on the Antrim Coast, N. Ireland.

I had not encountered one of these plants before and was unaware that I should note the fauna surrounding the specimen, however expert assistance suggests it is Orobanche Minor – ‘common bloomrape’ and was hosting on clover within the grass bank where it was photographed.

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