Cistanche phelypaea (Broomrape family) Alvor estuary

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Cistanche phelypaea

Cistanche phelypaea growing in damp sand dunes in the Algarve region of Portugal Cistanche phelypaea is one of the approximately 150 species of the Broomrape family that occur in the Mediterranean region. It grows in lowland areas, often in damp sand dune habitats, but it is both rare and localised.

An impressive wildflower, Cistanche phelypaea grows up to 40cm in height, but this varies depending on the habitat and position of the plant - some can be much shorter. The flowers are big and bright yellow with a five-lobed corolla, while the leaves are much smaller and scale-like in appearance.

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  • Uploaded on April 16, 2012
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2012/04/11 12:25:41
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