Photographer: Steve C. Garske
Orobanche uniflora L.
cancer-root, naked broom-rape, one-flowered 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
uniflora: Latin for "one-flowered"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 2"-8" tall forb; stems all or mostly underground; parasitic on many types of plants|
|Flower: ||purple to white, 5-parted, 3/4" long, with 5 almost equal lobes, stalk longer than the flower and much longer than the stem; usually solitary; blooms May-June|
|Leaf:||few, overlapping, scale-like|
|Habitat: ||moist; woods, streambanks|