Orobanche californica

Lloyd Gordon

Parasitic Plant Aficionado
Staff member
This finally flowered with the host Grindelia stricta. Pictures to follow. Thanks Alex.
My first holoparasite!

I had just about given up when I noticed this dead looking black lump just above the soil surface. Had I killed it by overwatering or by the Neem recipe to get the thrips under control? Slowly over weeks it showed signs of growing and eventually flowered. It killed the host but it's still slowly growing after I harvested 4 flowers for lots of little black seeds. Another one is coming up, much smaller and slower.
 
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