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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, (digital)
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 7:56
Viewed: 3651
Points: 6
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Lat: Orobanche minor
Fr: Orobanche du treffle
En: Common Broomrape

Thanks to Tomcezar for help on identification.

This is a broomrape. There are quite some species of broomrapes which are not so different from eachother. I suspect that this is the common broomrape as they parasite on clover and there is clovers all around there (also to be seen on the pic)

The flower is not yet in blossom. See workshop for the blossom.

Orobanche is a genus of wholly parasitic plants, attached to the roots of their hosts. They lack chlorophyll and hence any green colouration, and their leaves are vestigial. Above-ground stems are produced only for the purpose of flowering and setting seed. In perennial species the plant may persist below ground, unseen for a number of years.

Broomrapes are not so good looking but the absence of chlorophyll makes them interesting to me. I took it as a personal challenge to try to make a decent shot out of it. I hoped that those twins in the counterlight plus the one in the distance for the perspective would do the trick.

Thanks for looking.


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I think it is a species of Orobanche genus, from Orobanchaceae family. 100%

It is holoparasite plants on roots of chlorophyte plants from Dicotiledonatae Class.
In Romania exist 21 species of this genus.

Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-12 15:17]

Hi Jean-Marie

I really like the lighting in this shot - it is so effective.

I like the forms and colours very much.


Hi Jean

A very interesting natural history subject - thanks for sharing


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