Orobanche rapum-genistae Broom broomrape
April to July
Broomrapes are often confused with orchids at first glance but they are a parasitic plant, containing no chlorophyll. They are entirely dependent on plant roots for nutrients. There are 200 species worldwide and can cause severe problems with legume crops. The seeds can lay dormant for many years. They can grow from 10~60cms tall. This plant can vary in colour from white, beige, pink, brown, blues and purples. This Broomrape is parasitic on Cytisus, Genistas etc.