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Observed: 7th June 2007 By: kenbalkowkenbalkow’s reputation in Plants
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Parasitic plant

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miked's picture

I don't think it is common

I don't think it is common broomrape as it does not really look right. Somone mentioned on ispot that an expert is looking for unusual broomrapes so it might be worth doing a search for broomrape to see if you can find who it is and pass on this observation details.

Jonathan's picture

I looked this up in David

I looked this up in David Streeter's Collins Wildflower Guide. O. minor has purple stigma lobes whereas yours are yellow. With this combination of purple flowers and yellow stigmas I can't make the key come out at anything plausible, I'm afraid.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

kenbalkow's picture

Stace's Flora says stigma

Stace's Flora says stigma sometimes yellow for O.minor, and gives 4 different variants. So it is not clear cut.

Ken Balkow

Chris Metherell's picture

Orobanche minor ??.

Try Rumsey & Jury, Watsonia 18, 257-295. O. minor agg is a rather difficult group. I've sent the photo to the BSBI referee - Fred Rumsey - for a view. Will report back.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

Tony Rebelo's picture


Why is this linkin to the Catalogue of Life rather than the UKSI dictionary.

I see the COL has sunk O. purpurea into O. uniflora. Do the UK botanists agree?