Branched Broomrape

Branched broomrape is a species of parasitic plants that grow on the roots of some broad-leafed annual host plants. It is considered a weed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.


Branched broomrape may reduce yields and quality of host crops. It is a prohibited import in some countries. This can cause market access issues for Australian exports.


Branched broomrape is best managed through:

  • normal farm biosecurity
  • crop hygiene
  • broad-leafed weed control, including using effective herbicides
  • crop selection



Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin is responsible for providing advice on how to control branched broomrape – contact details: .

Page Last Reviewed: 31 Oct 2014
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