Alectra orobanchoides Benth.

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Alectra orobanchoides

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Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Tony Benn

Alectra orobanchoides

Photo: Tony Benn

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Synonyms: Alectra kirkii Hemsl.
Alectra parvifolia (Engl.) Schinz
Celsia parvifolia Engl.
Melasma orobanchoides (Benth.) Engl.
Common names: Kirk's tobacco witchweed (English)
Status: Native
Erect hemiparasitic herb, up to 45 cm tall. Stems branching near the base, often blackish or purple-red and fleshy. Leaves small, usually less than 1 cm long, appressed and scale-like or spreading near the inflorescences, lanceolate-oblong to ovate-oblong. Flowers in the axils of leaves or leaf-like bracts, together forming a spike-like inflorescence, yellow to orange, often with dark purple-red lines.
Derivation of specific name: orobanchoides: resembling the genus Orobanche
Habitat: In open woodland and scrub, in rocky areas and in cultivated land.
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Content last updated: Friday 6 March 2020

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Alectra orobanchoides., retrieved 13 July 2024

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