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Genus Striga Family Orobanchaceae

Description: Parasitic herb.

Leaves opposite below, alternate above, narrow, sometimes reduced to scales.

Flowers solitary in leaf axils or in spikes, usually with a pair of bracteoles. Calyx tubular, conspicuously 5–15-ribbed, 5-lobed. Corolla salverform, tube curved in middle or apically; limb weakly 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed; upper lip shorter than lower, entire emarginate to 2-lobed. Stamens 4, stigma clavate.

Fruits a loculicidal capsule; seeds numerous, ovoid to oblong, reticulate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: about 20 species; Tropical and subtropical Asia, Oceania; Australia 2 native and 2 species introduced.

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of China

One species in NSW: Striga parviflora

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