Problems with Cultivation and Identification: Orobanche in the Dolomites
Started by: Mel Linney
Can anyone help with the identification of two BroomrapesGo to latest contribution by Margaret Young, 09 February 2012, 11:19. Go to bottom of this page.
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Elaine and I found these Orobanche in the meadow near Colfosco and are not completely sure of their identification. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I hope you can attract positive identifications for your lovely orobanches ... they have baffled us for a number of years. I have any number of images showing a range of sizes, forms and colours from pale mauve through yellow, orange to dark ruby red. Books and the internet offer few clues and often conflicting descriptions. These stunning parasitic plants always create interest and deserve further investigation.
Thanks for the reply Cliff. Sorry for the tardiness I've been up to my neck in Home improvements and not just decorating. Who said retirement was boring. Anyway back to the Orobanche. At the time I was 99% certain that the first picture was O minor and I think the legumes growing around it confirm my suspicions. The second one was a little harder but in the end both Elaine and I thought that it was O gracilis, again the legumes being the deciding factor. I have to agree though that this is a very difficult Genus and one that may be worth further investigation.
Anyone interested in Orobanche and Pedicularis may care to read
"IT?S OK BEING A PARASITE WHEN YOU GIVE SO MUCH BACK" by Cliff Booker
in International Rock Gardener September 2011
Mel: good luck with your renovations.... it'll be bliss when it's over!