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.
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Where Trifolium species such as Black Medick occur.
Flowers June to September.
Parasitic on Trifolium species such as Black Medick. Perennial herb.
Widespread but infrequent in southern Britain scarce elsewhere.
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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