|Etymology||Genus||Swathe or thin; referring to the rigid and erect form of the stem|
|Species||Of Asian origin|
|Synonyms||Buchnera asiatica L.|
|Native Distribution||Asia and Africa|
Striga asiatica can be found in lawns and open scrublands. It has a simple form, with an erect stem and narrow leaves about 1cm long. The entire plant is covered with coarse hairs, giving a rough surface. The flowers can be variable and differs regionally; with the colours of red, yellow, white, pink, purple, and orange (Cochrane & Press, 1997). I have only seen the yellow, and faint pink varieties in Singapore.
Yellow flower variety, with the stem having a yellowish tinge.
White flower variety.
Two colour varieties, yellow and white (with faint pink but not obvious here).
Side profile of the flower
Fruits. Note the hairs.