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Cistanche tubulosa, Wadi Umayri

Cistanche tubulosa (Basul in Arabic) is parasitic on the Tetraena hamata plant seen next to it. The plant derives all its nutrients from its host, and has no chlorophyll. The flowers smell of honey. They appear in late winter, after rains.

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