Aphyllon fasciculatum
clustered broomrape
Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Ian Gardiner     (Photo ID #24329)


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Distribution of Aphyllon fasciculatum
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Species Information

Parasitic herb from a coarse, tuber-like, fleshy root; stems single or clustered, short glandular-hairy, yellowish to purplish, 3-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves scaly-bracteate, alternate, short glandular-hairy.
Inflorescence of loose flat-topped, several to many-flowered clusters; corollas yellow to purple-tinged, 1.5-3 cm long, the lips 4-9 mm long, stalked, the leafless stalks 2-15 cm long; calyces 9-11 mm long, the lobes 3-7 mm long, narrow, acute, equaling or slightly shorter than the tubes; anthers smooth or hairy.
Capsules; seeds numerous, angled, net-veined, less than 0.7 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Aphyllon fasciculatum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
974 190 2013
Slope Gradient (%)
35 0 110

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

181 30 345
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(3), BG(16), BWBS(2), CWH(1), ESSF(2), ICH(1), IDF(19), MS(1), PP(1)

Habitat and Range

Parasitic, mainly on Artemisia in dry shrublands in the steppe and lower montane zones; frequent in SC BC; rare northward and eastward; N to YT, E to ON, S to IN, MI, CA and N MX.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Orobanche fasciculata Nutt.