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Orobanche gracilis


Orobanche gracilis
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-30
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-03 20:43
Viewed: 3342
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
detail of Orobanche gracilis Sm, in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 4: 172 (1798)

Broomrape or Broom-rape (Orobanche) is a genus of over 200 species of parasitic herbaceous plants in the family Orobanchaceae, mostly native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Some species formerly included in this genus are now referred to the genus Conopholis. The broomrape plant is small, from 10–60 cm tall depending on species. It is best recognized by its yellow-to-straw coloured stems completely lacking chlorophyll, bearing yellow, white or blue, snapdragon-like flowers. The flower shoots are scaly, with a dense terminal spike of 10-20 flowers in most species, though single in O. uniflora. The leaves are merely triangular scales. The seeds are minute, tan-to-brown, and blacken with age. These plants generally flower from late winter to late spring. When they are not flowering, no part of these plants is visible above the surface of the soil.
As they have no chlorophyll, they are totally dependent on other plants for nutrients. Broomrape seeds remain dormant in the soil, often for many years, until stimulated to germinate by certain compounds produced by living plant roots. Broomrape seedlings put out a root-like growth, which attaches to the roots of nearby hosts. Once attached to a host, the broomrape robs its host of water and nutrients.
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Orobanche gracilis is parasitic of the Fabaceae, Erinacea, Genista s.l., etc.

This photo is taken in Tizi Likemt, Toubkal Mountains, at 3.550 m , High Atlas, Morocco.

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Beautiful photo Ferran! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hi Ferran
another nice and interesting photo of flowers taken from a very good point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-03 22:12]

Bonjour ferran,
Très belle composition aux jolies couleurs.
Amitiés
Serge

excelent closeup, TFS Ori

Very nice macro of the Orobanche. Excellent detail and nice composition. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-04 7:20]

Hi,
Very beautiful image of these bunch of flowers, good colors. tfs.
nagraj.v

hello Ferran
Super good sharpness picture nice light and beautiful colours
i have also more picture,s of Orobanche but no name,s very difficuld
i think i make a collage and post it on TN
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-05 6:22]

Hello Ferran,
Very nice photo of this beautiful plant in great sharpness and natural colours. Taken from a good POV.
Regards,
Peter

Bonjour Ferran,
Très belle macro valorisant bien le sujet dans un judicieux cadrage serré permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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