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A picture of a Branched Broomrape

Branched Broomrape

Orobanche ramosa

Also known as

Hemp Broomrape

Ramosa Branched or Hemp Broomrape 0809 - Copy by JonRichfield (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate watering

Expected size

Height
Spread

70cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

More images of Branched Broomrape

A close up of some purple Orobanche ramosa flowers
A close up of a Orobanche ramosa flower
A close up of a Orobanche ramosa plant
A close up of some blue Orobanche ramosa flowers

Branched Broomrape Overview

Orobanche ramosa is a parasitic plant species from the Orobanchaceae family. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, this plant is commonly known by the name Branched Broomrape. It parasitises multiple agricultural crop species including Nicotiana tabacum (Tobacco), Solanum tuberosum (Potato) and Solanum lycopersicum (Tomato). It doesn't produce chlorophyll or photosynthesise and is considered a pest to agriculture, it has been introduced to various areas of the world and in some locations is considered a noxious weed. It typically grows to around 60cm in height, forming slim, upright, yellow stems covered in sticky hairs flower spikes and barely visible leaves. The flowers are small, coloured yellow-white and blue-purple.

Special features of Branched Broomrape

Attractive flowers