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IMG_0549 Broomrape

Observed: 23rd May 2011 By: cp5979
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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A parasitic plant which thrives on the roots of plants such as daisy and bedstraw. Around 20cm high with pink or yellowy stems, upright and with bell-shaped corolla, curved downwards.

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I've come across this in Greece

and it certainly does smell of cloves.

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Bedstraw Broomrape

There was a mass of these plants at this site, dotted about, and as it was a windy day when i took this pic. I would have thought the smell of cloves would therefor be quite evident- who knows? Anyone able to clarify please? Might be Common Broomrape? But was growing among its typical host plant of Oxeye Daisies and Lady's Bedstraw.
Thank you Perdika for your comment.

martinjohnbishop's picture

Host plant

of O. caryophyllacea is Galium album not Galium verum.