E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Aphyllon pinorum
pine broomrape
Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Adolf Ceska  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #5901)

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Species Information

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Parasitic herb from an evidently thickened, somewhat tuberous base, soon tapering and becoming more slender, short glandular-hairy throughout; stems one or several, with more or less numerous, short, slender branches above, 10-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves scaly-bracteate, alternate, short glandular-hairy.
Inflorescence loose, panicle-like, the flowers short-stalked or unstalked, subtended by a pair of bractlets at the base of the calyces as well as by a bract at the base of the stalk; corolla 13-20 mm long, yellowish marked with purplish-brown, the lips short, with short-pointed lobes; calyces 5-8 mm long, the slender lobes about equalling the tubes, or a little shorter, with leaves; anthers smooth or nearly so.
Capsules, 2-locular, 2- or 3-valved, breaking open longitudinally; seeds numerous, small.
This species was collected from the Koksilah River in 2000 by A. Ceska after a hiatus of 86 years.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Parasitic on coniferous species; moist to mesic sites in the lowland zone; rare on S Vancouver Island, S to N ID and NW CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Orobanche pinorum Geyer ex Hook.

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