Squawroot

Conopholis americana

Family Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
Bloom Late spring
Habitat Dry forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-8″
Flower Flowers are tubular, cream to yellow, stalkless flowers emerging from under compact scales. The flowers and scales form a cylindrical spike. Lower scales are overlapping, fleshy, pointed, and yellow to brown in color.
Leaf Scales instead of leaves
Notes Plants resemble a yellow or brown pine cone standing on end. They are usually found in groups. They are a parasite on tree roots, especially oak.

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