Lahaul Broomrape
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Lahaul Broomrape
B Native Herb Unknown Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Lahaul Broomrape
Botanical name: Orobanche hansii    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Lahaul Broomrape is a biennial or perennial, parasitic on Artemisia species. It is 20-40 cm tall, hairless to velvet-hairy; scales up to 12 mm long. Flowers spikes are dense. Bracts are ovate, shorter than flower with strong parallel veins; bracteoles absent. Calyx is about half as long as the flower with segments divided to the middle with lanceshaped sepals. Flowers are 2.0-2.5 cm long, nearly straight or slightly curved, hairless or nearly hairless, tubulose, with short, rounded toothed, blue to violaceous petals. Stamens are inserted on the flower tube at ovary level; filaments hairless; anthers hairy. Capsules are 6-7 mm long. Lahaul Broomrape is found in the Himalayas in Lahaul, in Bhaga valley and Pattan valley, at altitudes of 3300-3700 m.

Identification credit: Renata Piwowarczyk Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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