Orobanche cooperi Desert Broomrape
PERENNIAL. A root parasite on nearby plants. Has no chlorophyll.
The short stalk, up to about 6 cm tall, is crowded with purple and white
hairy tubular flowers with purple throats. In the Empires, rare on
sandy semi-shaded flat ground along small well-vegetated washes.
Blooms in spring and sometimes again after summer rains; the photo at lower
right is of an unusual late autumn plant.
FAMILY: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)