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Thistle broomrape is a parasite of the roots of thistle, particularly of creeping thistle, Cirsium arvense and seems to prefer small, young host plants (2). It is a perennial species (lives for more than one year) but can also occur as an annual or a biennial, depending on the situation (2). It first appears in July and produces many small seeds, which have good powers of dispersal and seem able to remain dormant for a number of years (2).

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