Orobanche caryophyllacea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOrobanchaceaeOrobancheOrobanche caryophyllacea

Ecology

A root parasite mainly of Galium mollugo and G. verum, probably perennial and sometimes long-lived. It occurs in stabilised dune grassland, and in scrub and hedge banks on chalk downs and undercliffs. Most populations are small, but some of those on dunes are of a considerable size. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe.

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral rock (does not include maritime grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 9

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 782

Life form information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Perennation - secondary

Annual

Life Form - primary

Non-bulbous geophyte (rhizome, corm or tuber)

Life Form - secondary

Therophyte (annual land plant)

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 5

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.01

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Vulnerable

JNCC Designations

NHMSYS0000461377

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (237b)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
Rumsey FJ, Jury SL
1991.  An account of Orobanche L. in Britain and Ireland. Watsonia. 18:257-295.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.