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Orobanche minor Sm.
Family Orobanchaceae
Orobanche minor Sm. APNI*

Description: Erect herb 10–40 cm high, glandular hairy with hairs on the inflorescence 0.4–0.7 mm long, ± straight, spreading; stems usually simple, stout.

Leaves ovate, 10–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide.

Spike at least half the height of the plant, bracts smaller than leaves. Sepals 5–8 mm long, bifid with long linear lobes, appressed to corolla or slightly spreading. Corolla 9–18 mm long, pale blue to whitish, purple-veined; densely covered by straight glandular hairs; tube initially ascending then decurved; upper lip longest, lobes irregularly toothed. Stamen filaments pubescent in lower third, thickened; anthers drying purple-black. Style pale purple, stigma basally blackish purple.

Capsule 5–8 mm long, enclosed in persistent corolla.


Habit
Photo U. Leary

Flower
Photo P. Richards

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: throughout year but chiefly spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Recorded as parasitic on a wide range of garden and pasture plants. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A.
AVH map***

Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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