Phelipanche lavandulacea

Lavender rape                                                                                              Αγκάβανος

Orobancheae - broomrape family                                                                             Dicot.


The deep purple flowers of Phelipanche lavandulacea resemble orchids but they belong to a different family. They have no leaves and do not contain chlorophyl so they are unable to create energy by photosynthesis but are parasitic plants gaining all their nutrition from the common weeds bitumen pea (Bituminaria bituminosa).

Phelypanche a genus name first used by the famous botanist Tournefort in1703 in honour of his benefactor Loiuse Phelipaeux, Chancellor of France

lavandulacea = resembling lavander

6-8mm, 10-30mm,12-20cm                                             JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
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