Conopholis americana (L.) Wallr. - Squaw Root, Cancer Root
Family - Orobanchaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Dry to moist oak woods, pine-oak-hickory woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This little but distinctive species is parasitic on the roots of oak trees. The plant has no chlorophyll and thus lacks the need for large leaves. The leaves have been reduced to bracts which subtend the flowers of the plant.
Photographs taken in Linville, NC., 4-30-03 and 5-11-03.