Parasitic plant – Clustered Broomrape

The Clustered Broomrape, Orobanche fasciculata, is a parasitic plant. You should note the lack of green color on any part of the plant. This is because it has no chlorophyll, the energy machine for most vascular plants.

It is parasitic on the roots of other ‘host’ plants like sagebrush (Artemisia spp.). This one was photographed on the southwest side of the Inferno Cone at Craters of the Moon National Monument where sagebrush is plentiful.

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