Orobanchaceae (weeds)

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Orobanche crenata var. callieri (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Pavel Jevseenkov
Source: OroWiki

Orobanchaceae (weeds) - (broomrape family)

The broomrape family contains more than 2,000 species of predominantly parasitic plants. They are attached to the roots of crops and other plants and obtain nutrients from their host plants. The species can be holoparasitic or hemiparasitic. In the former case they lack chlorophyll and a normal root system, with a swollen mass of short, bulky roots or one big swollen haustorial organ attached to the host plant.

The family is widely distributed. Economically the most important genera are Orobanche, Striga and Phelipanche.

Taxonomy:
The Orobanchaceae has been previously treated as a subfamily: Orobanchoideae, under the family Scrophulariaceae.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: