Flower of the Day: Beechdrops

Epifagus virginiana; Orobanchaceae (broom-rape family)

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Right before leaving on the road trip I made a quick scramble along the Cabin John Trail, and was once again rewarded.  I’ve read about this parasitic plant but had never seen it before; that day, I saw dozens of them.  They live off the roots of beech trees so that’s where to look for them.

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