Orobanche ludoviciana Nutt.
Common Name: Louisiana broomrape
Greek "orobas" = vetch, "anchein" = to strangle.
New Latin "ludovician" = from Louisiana.
Broomrape comes from the late Latin name "Rapum genistae".
Rapum = a knob formed by the roots of trees. Genistae = relating to brooms (woody legumes).
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|Note the lack of chlorophyl in this plant. Orobanche get all their nutrients from other plants' roots. This species is said to be parasitic on members of the Asteraceae.||There is an introduced Orobanche that is an agricultural pest. The native broomrape has 5-lobed calyces, whereas the invasive
O. ramosa has 4-lobed calyces.
|Do you see any leaves? They are sessile and fleshy.|