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GREATER BROOMRAPE Orobanche rapum-genistae (Orobanchaceae) Height to 80cm. Impressive plant and the tallest of its kind in the region. Stems are yellowish and distinctly swollen at the base. Parasitic on the roots of Broom and gorse. Found on grassy banks and heaths. FLOWERS are 20-25mm long, the corolla yellow tinged purple and the filaments hairless at the base; borne in upright spikes (May-Jul). FRUITS are egg-shaped capsules, concealed by the dead flowers. LEAVES are scale-like. STATUS-Widespread but scarce, occurring mainly in England and Wales.
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