Orobanchaceae – Broom-rape Family

Plants in the mainly northern temperate Broom-rape Family (Orobanchaceae) are parasitic, non-green (lacking chlorophyll) annual and perennial herbs with a fleshy, mostly underground stem, absorptive roots that are specially modified to feed on the roots of other plants, scale-like leaves, a terminal inflorescence containing tubular, bisexual flowers with 5 lobes, 4 paired stamens, and a superior, 1-chambered ovary, and fruit in the form of a many-seeded capsule. These underground root parasites are usually only observed when they are blooming.

Listed below are some of the southeastern Arizona plants in this family.