Phelipanche mutelii

Syn. Orobanche mutelii

Dwarf broomrape                                                                   Αγριόλυκοσ

Orobancheae                                                                                                              Dicot.


Once considered to belong to the Orobanche genus, Phelipanche mutelii are pretty little flowers varying in colour from deep violet to pale violet, but there appearance belies their lifestyle as they are parasites. They have no chlorophyl and rely upon other plants to provide them with energy and nutrients. They grow on a variety of plants but in Skopelos mainly on the alien Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda buttercup). There are two varieties, both present on Skopelos, var. muteli and var. nana.

13-16mm, 4-8cm, 
3-5cm, W, Parasite                             JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

For more on Orobanche go to O.reticulata.

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