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|Striga gesnerioides ( Willd. ) Vatke, Oesterr. Bot. Z. 25: 11. 1875|
Striga, commonly known as witches weed, is a genus of 28 species of parasitic plants that occur naturally in parts of Africa, Asia, and Australia. Witchweeds are characterized by bright-green stems and leaves and small, brightly colored flowers. Furthermore, they are obligate parasites of roots and therefore require a living host for survival. The genus is classified in the family Orobanchaceae, although older classifications place it in the Scrophulariaceae. Although most species of Striga are not pathogens that affect human agriculture, some species have devastating effects upon crops, particularly those planted by subsistence farmers. Crops most commonly affected are corn, sorghum, and sugarcane. Three species cause the most damage: Striga asiatica, S. gesnerioides, and S. hermonthica.
This photo is taken vs Sidi Ifni, occidental Sahara,
Striga in my Personal web
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Hi Ferran my neighbour.
Nice and interesting flower taken from very good point of view. Sharpness is maybe not perfect, but who is perfect?
An unknown genus of plants for me. Interesting flowers. Thanks for sharing. regards yiannis
- [2011-07-23 22:35]
A fine capture of this parasitic plant in flower. The features of the flowers are well shown with fine sharpness, natural colours and in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards,
Beautiful photo of these flowers in great contrasting colours. Great sharpness and details.
Very nice photo of this beautiful plant. Very good brightness control and excellent detail of its inflorescence.
interesting plant, we are afraid of strigas because they are so invasive, greetings Ori