Orobanche reticulata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOrobanchaceaeOrobancheOrobanche reticulata

Ecology

Probably perennial, this root parasite of thistles occurs in rough grassland, on road verges, and especially on river margins and flood plains where its frequent, sometimes transient, occurrence suggests that seed is readily dispersed by water. It is almost restricted to Magnesian limestone districts. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe; also in C. Asia. Our plant is subsp. procera, which has a lowland distribution in Europe and is quite distinct from the montane subsp. reticulata.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 666

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary

Biennial, including monocarpic perennials

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: 7

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000004177

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)
Foley (1993
2000)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
Newlands C, Smith H
1998.  Management and conservation status of sites with Orobanche reticulata Wallr. Populations. The Naturalist. 123:70-75.
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.