Parasitic plant

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John J

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Parasitic plant
« on: November 01, 2014, 01:30:27 PM »
On the MGS trip to Morocco in March this parasitic Cistanche phelypaea was photographed in the central island of a dual carriageway outside Agadir Airport. This week I discovered that a handful of these same plants had been found growing in Cyprus, in the vicinity of Akrotiri Salt Lake. To date the only ones ever seen on the island I believe.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)