Etymology: Orobanche: from Greek orobos, a kind of vetch, and anchone, "choke or strangle" because of a parasitic habit, this was the Greek name of a plant that was parasitic on vetch
Plants: erect, annual, 2"-6" tall forb; parasitic on roots, especially Artemisia
Leaves: oval, scale-like, fuzzy
Flowers: pink to white, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" long, tubular-shaped, 2 lips with lobes about the same the length as the tube, stalk longer than the flower and barely longer than the stem; inflorescence of 4-10 flowers in loose, flat-topped cluster (corymb); blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: dry; prairies, inland sands; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Threatened
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"