Orobanche crenata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOrobanchaceaeOrobancheOrobanche crenata


A parasitic perennial herb that occurs on crops of peas and beans in cultivated fields and, occasionally, in gardens. Most occurrences persist for one or two years, but the species was naturalised for nine years on Vicia hirsuta and V. tetrasperma in a field corner in S. Essex. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of the Mediterranean region and S.W. Asia, eastwards to Iran.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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

Rumsey FJ, Jury SL
1991.  An account of Orobanche L. in Britain and Ireland. Watsonia. 18:257-295.