Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Orobanche ludoviciana Nutt. subsp. ludoviciana
Louisiana broom-rape, prairie broom-rape
Orobanche: from Greek orobos, a kind of vetch, and anchone, "choke or strangle" because of a parasitic habit, this was the Greek name of a plant that was parasitic on vetch
ludoviciana: referring to King Louis X, therefore, by extension, to the State of Louisiana; a form of Latin meaning "of Louisiana"
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-12" tall forb, usually unbranched; parasitic on roots, especially Artemisia and other members of Aster family|
|Flower: ||purplish, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long, cup-shaped, 2-lipped: upper lip 1-lobed and almost straight, lower lip 4-lobed; inflorescence a many-flowered, dense spike usually about 1/2-2/3 of the entire plant; blooms June-Aug.|
|Habitat: ||in sandy soil|