California native flower identification

stingfaceSeptember 4, 2010

In early summer I photographed this little flower and I am trying to find out what it is. I found it on my property in Arroyo Grande CA. We have lots of scrub oaks and sage. It was on the west side of the oaks in part shade. I collected seeds today because the pods are now opening. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I looked all over the web, but couldn't find anything.

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Seems to be a parasitic plant like those in the genus Orobanche, commonly known as broomrapes.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 9:42PM
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Probably Orobanche bulbosa

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 5:16PM
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Nonmember is correct. In fact your image includes a shot of its host plant,
Adenostoma fasciculata

Here is a link that might be useful: Orobanche bulbosa

    Bookmark   September 8, 2010 at 10:02PM
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