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Orobanche fasciculata - Nutt.
                 
Common Name Cancer Root, Clustered broomrape
Family Orobanchaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy soils[235], where it is parasitic on the roots of Eriogonum and Artemisia spp[43], to 3200 metres in California and north to British Columbia[71].
Range Western N. America - Indiana to Yukon and British Columbia, south to California and Arizona.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Orobanche fasciculata Cancer Root, Clustered broomrape


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Orobanche fasciculata Cancer Root, Clustered broomrape
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Physical Characteristics
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Orobanche fasciculata is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

The entire plant is edible - raw or cooked[46, 61, 105, 161, 257]. The plant can be boiled in ashes then peeled and eaten like potatoes[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Antihaemorrhoidal;  Cancer;  Pectoral;  Poultice;  Salve.

The root is pectoral[257]. The chewed root has been used as a dressing on wounds and open sores[257]. An infusion of the leaves is used as a wash on sores[257]. Forms of the plant that are parasitic on sweet sage roots have been used as a treatment of cancer[257]. The dried and powdered plant is inserted in the rectum as a specific treatment for haemorrhoids[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It requires a well-drained soil and should succeed in sun or shade. A fully parasitic plant lacking in chlorophyll, it is entirely dependant upon its host plant for obtaining nutrient[200].
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.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Orobanche ammophylaLie Dang22
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Orobanche cernuaNodding broomrape10
Orobanche grayana 11
Orobanche ludovicianaBroom Rape, Louisiana broomrape, Manyflower broomrape11
Orobanche minorLesser Broomrape, Hellroot00
Orobanche pinorumConifer broomrape11
Orobanche tuberosaGround Cone11
Orobanche unifloraOneflowered broomrape11
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Elizabeth H.
Jose Waizel-Bucay Fri Oct 6 2006
Synonyms: Anoplanthus fasciculatus (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray : Aphyllon fasciculatum (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray : Orobanche fasciculata var. franciscana Achey : Orobanche fasciculata var. lutea (Parry) Achey : Orobanche fasciculata var. subulata Goodman : Orobanche fasciculata var. typica Achey : Thalesia fasciculata (Nutt.) Britt. : Thalesia lutea (Parry) Rydb.
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