Parasitic plants

Parasitic plants real curiosities in the plant kingdom. These are the thieves and pilferers that steal their sustenance from other plants. Parasitic plants form a physiological bridge to tap into the vascular system of other green plants – their ‘host plants’. Many lack green pigment (chlorophyll) altogether, indeed some lack leaves, stems and even roots. The western Mediterranean is home to a diverse and often downright bizarre array of these ‘vegetable vampires’ from the club-shaped  Maltese fungus (Cynomorium) to strangling dodders (Cuscuta), and beautiful broomrapes (Orobanche).