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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.