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Common name

English: Greater broomrape

German: Ginster-Sommerwurz

Portuguese: Erva-toira-maior


Kingdom: Plantae (2634)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2145)

      Order: Lamiales (175)

        Family: Orobanchaceae (15)(family description)

          Genus: Orobanche (6)

            Epithet: rapum-genistae Thuill. (1)

Synonyms: Orobanche benthamii Timb.-Lagr., Orobanche bracteosa (Reut.) Nyman, Orobanche carnea Guss., Orobanche crinita Benth., Orobanche cytisi Duby, Orobanche cytisi-scoparii Vaucher, Orobanche elatior Hornem., Orobanche foetida Duby, Orobanche insolita Guim., Orobanche major Lam., Orobanche palatina F.W.Schultz, Orobanche pubescens Gilib., Orobanche rapum Wallr., Orobanche rapum-genistae Beck, Orobanche sarothamnophya St.-Lag., Orobanche sarothamnophyta St.-Lag.

benthamii => in honor of George Bentham (1800–1884), English botanist

bracteosa => having prominent bracts

carnea => flesh coloured

crinita => mane-like, long haired

elatior => higher, very lofty

foetida => evil smelling

major => larger than the type

pubescens => downy, slightly hairy

rapum-genistae => a knob or tuber of Genista; refering to the parasitic growths on the roots of Genista


Climate: sub-tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: red, orange, yellow

External links

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