Mystery plant 068

This plant can be found in eastern portions of North America with some central regions also having instances of the plant.  When you can identify it, leave a comment below with both the common and scientific names.  If you have a personal story to share about this plant, please include that in your comment.


Plant in the fall season


Base of plant’s stalk with flowers on side shoots


Closer view of plant with flowers on stalks


Close view of flowers


Plant during winter season


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana)

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7 Responses to Mystery plant 068

  1. maybe beech drops
    Epifagus virginiana

  2. Val says:

    Epifagus americana Looks like Beech Drops to me…a parasitic plant.

  3. Sara says:

    Ooo, Beachdrops! I just learned this one this year, and now I’m finding it all over, particularly in the park closest to my home.

  4. Dr R. K S. Rathore says:

    To me it appears like Orobanche (a total root parasite)

    • Angelyn says:

      Although Beechdrops is in the genus Epifagus rather than Orobanche, you are correct that it is a root parasite. Both Epifagus and Orobanche are in the Orobanchaceae family.

  5. Angelyn says:

    This is definitely Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana). It’s found growing under American beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees — as a root parasite.

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