Knapweed Broomrape - Orobanche elatior

    Alt Name
    Tall Broomrape

    Stems slightly swollen at the base, usually glandular hairy, reddish or yellowish brown. Scale-leaves triangular-lanceolate. Bracts lanceolate and as long as the flowers. Flowers dull yellow often tinged with pink, 18 to 25 mm long, curved, the upper lip toothed, the lower without a hairy margin. Stigma yellow.

    Identification difficulty

    Mostly with members of the Knapweed family.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History

    Parasitic mostly on members of the Knapweed family.

    UK Status

    Scattered in southern Britain north to Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. This is the first Leicestershire record. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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