Oman Botanic Garden
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEART OF OMAN

OROBANCHACEAE

Cistanche phelypaea

Parasite, often growing on species of Atriplex, stem upright, almost colourless, obscured by early flowers that have died, up to 70cm. Leaves: Scale-like, unobtrusive. Flowers: Bright yellow new flowers cluster around the top of the spike. Fruit: Ovoid black capsule. Seeds minute. Flowering period: After rains. Habitat: This plant grows on sandy coastal regions. Found in the central areas of Oman. Altitude: up to 350m. Uses: This plant is edible, cooked without additions. Also grazed by donkeys. Note: There is a local myth that donkeys get the black circle surrounding their eyes by touching the plant.

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