Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Characteristics of the Orobanchaceae (Broomrapefamily

  • Fully or partial root parasites on other plants, sometimes without chlorophyll (then white, brown, purple, red or pink)
  • Root system small or haustoria
  • Herbs or rarely shrubs
  • Leaves opposite or alternate, simple, sometimes scale-like
  • Inflorescences often with colored bracts, as racemes, spikes or solitary flowers
  • Petals 5, fused, 2-lipped (3 lobes on lower lip)
  • Stamens 4, 2 long and 2 short
  • Ovary superior, 2-carpellate
  • Fruit a capsule, 1-locular, with many tiny seeds
Associated Plants