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GIBRALTAR APRIL 2013 271

Observed: 17th April 2013 By: mark pattersonmark patterson’s reputation in Plantsmark patterson’s reputation in Plants
GIBRALTAR APRIL 2013 271
Description:

unknown plant flower spike, growing directly out of limestone wall

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mark patterson's picture

Thanks I didnt realise this

Thanks

I didnt realise this was broomrape. I saw broomrape elsewhere in Gibraltar with blue/purple flowers and it looked quite different. also this specimen was growing out the side of a limestone wall with no other plants to parasitise which made me think it must have been something else.

cicuta58's picture

Parasite

They are naughty that way. I heard of one that apparently parasitised a concrete post! They come in many colours, mainly in the red/brown spectrum. Pretty as orchids.

cicuta58

martinjohnbishop's picture

There is a plant in front of the broomrape

probably Phagnalon saxatile

mark patterson's picture

yes but that plant was

yes but that plant was growing out of the wall several feet further down, probably out of reach of the broom rapes roots?