Common Broomrape - Orobanche minor


    Stem yellowish, tinged with red, unbranched, swollen at the base, glandular hairy. Scale leaves oval to lanceolate. Flowers pale yellow, 10 to 16 mm long, relatively small, curved, slightly hairy or glandular hairy, the lower lip with even lobes and without a hairy margin. Stigma yellow, rarely purple.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Where Trifolium species such as Black Medick occur.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History

    Parasitic on Trifolium species such as Black Medick. Perennial herb.

    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent in southern Britain – scarce elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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