Cistanche tubulosa

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Cistanche tubulosa
Broomrape (Cistanche tubulosa) Negev.jpg
Cistanche tubulosa (broomrape in Hamakhtesh Hagadol, Negev, southern Israel)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Orobanchaceae
Genus: Cistanche
C. tubulosa
Binomial name
Cistanche tubulosa
(Schrenk) Hook.f.

Cistanche tubulosa is a desert holoparasitic plant species in the genus Cistanche. It lacks chlorophyll and obtains nutrients and water from the host plants whose roots it parasitizes.


The plant is grown in the Taklamakan Desert, and is traditionally used for medicines and foods in China.[1]

The main sources of the Chinese herbal medicine cistanche (Chinese: 肉苁蓉, pinyin ròucongróng) are Cistanche salsa and Cistanche deserticola, although it may also be obtained from C. tubulosa. The drug, known in Chinese as suosuo dayun, is collected in spring before sprouting, by slicing the stems of the plant.


  1. ^ Shimoda, H; Tanaka, J; Takahara, Y; Takemoto, K; Shan, SJ; Su, MH (2009). "The hypocholesterolemic effects of Cistanche tubulosa extract, a Chinese traditional crude medicine, in mice". Am J Chin Med. 37 (6): 1125–1138. doi:10.1142/S0192415X09007545. PMID 19938221.

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