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.

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Plant in the fall season

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Base of plant’s stalk with flowers on side shoots

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Closer view of plant with flowers on stalks

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Close view of flowers

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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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