Photos: Ardmore, Co.Waterford
Two-lipped flowers are usually dull yellowish, tinged purple. Flowers equal to or shorter than bracts. Stigma lobes usually purple, sometimes yellow.
Stems usually purplish. very variable. Produces no chlorophyll, parasitic on roots of a variety of plants but mainly found on Trifolium species. Height: 15-60cm.
Cultivated ground, often introduced with grass seed. Most frequent in S and E, scattered distribution elsewhere in Ireland.
Similar: Ivy Broomrape, O. hederae
Common Broomrape. Ardmore, Co.Waterford. May 2008