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IVY BROOMRAPE Orobanche hederae (Orobanchaceae) Height to 60cm. Upright plant with a downy, purple-tinged stem that is swollen at the base. Parasitic on Ivy and found mainly on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are 12-20mm long, the corolla creamy white with purple veins with a tube that is mainly straight but swollen at the base; borne in spikes (May-Jul). FRUITS are egg-shaped capsules, concealed by the dead flowers. LEAVES are scale-like. STATUS-Local, mainly in S and W Britain.