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Orobanche ludoviciana - Nutt.

Common Name Broomrape, Louisiana broomrape
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Weedy (See weed potential)
Habitats Grows on sandy soils[235] on the plains where it is parasitic on the hosts' roots include Grindelia, Artemisia, and Heterotheca, but NOT Ambrosia. and other members of the Compositae[43].
Range N. America - Illinois to South Dakota, Saskatchewan, Nebraska, Texas.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Orobanche ludoviciana Broomrape,  Louisiana broomrape


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Orobanche ludoviciana Broomrape,  Louisiana broomrape
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Orobanche ludoviciana is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Homotypic Synonyms: Aphyllon ludovicianum (Nutt.) A.Gray. Conopholis ludoviciana (Nutt.) A.Wood. Myzorrhiza ludoviciana (Nutt.) Rydb. O. ludoviciana var. genuina Beck. Phelypaea ludoviciana (Nutt.) G.Don.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root  Stem
Edible Uses:

Root - roasted[46, 61, 105, 161]. Stem[46, 61, 105]. Base of young stems roasted[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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The chewed plant has been used as a dressing on wounds[257]. A poultice of the stems has been used in the treatment of ulcerated sores[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A fully parasitic plant lacking in chlorophyll depends entirely on its host plant to obtain nutrients [200]. Since A. ludovicianum is an obligate parasite, the conditions for its growth are entirely dependent on the host species. It is not possible to advocate a regimen for care. Note: Researchers in North America have attempted the cultivation of several species of Aphyllon with little success, including A. ludovicianum.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in a pot containing a host plant. The seed is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. It might also be possible to sow the seed in situ around a host plant.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia) United States (Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah).

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

All species of Aphyllon (and Orobanche) are potential or actual crop pests.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Orobanche ammophylaLie DangBiennial0.4 -  LMHFSNM22 
Orobanche californicaCalifornia Broomrape, Jepson's broomrapePerennial0.1 0-0  LMHFSNM21 
Orobanche cernuaNodding broomrapePerennial0.3 0-0  LMHFSNM10 
Orobanche crenataBean BroomrapeAnnual1.2 6-10 FLMHNDM022
Orobanche fasciculataCancer Root, Clustered broomrapePerennial1.0 0-0  LMHFSNM12 
Orobanche grayana Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM11 
Orobanche minorLesser Broomrape, HellrootPerennial0.5 0-0  LMHSNM000
Orobanche pinorumConifer broomrapePerennial0.0 0-0  LMHSNM11 
Orobanche tuberosaGround ConePerennial0.1 -  LMHFSNM11 
Orobanche unifloraOneflowered broomrapePerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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