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 Hyobanche sanguinea   Hyobanche sanguinea
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 Hyobanche sanguinea   Hyobanche sanguinea


Sandy soils


Flowering time

August to November


A fleshy root holoparasite reaching about 150 mm in height. The clustered red, hairy flowers, are hooded and have white anthers forming the characteristic cat's nails. The underground stems may reach up to 2m before producing flowers. Chemicals secreted by the roots of the host stimulate the minute seeds to germinate. Host plants are shrubs including Aspalathus, Berkheya, Cliffortia, Hermannia, Metalasia and Proteas.




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