Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Epifagus virginiana (L.) W.P.C.Barton image
Photographer: Clifford Orsted           

Botanical Illustration

Arthur Meeks

Damon A. Smith
Family Orobanchaceae
Epifagus virginiana (L.) W.P.C.Barton
beech-drops, cancer-root
Epifagus: ancient Greek name of Helleborus
virginiana: of Virginia
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 4"-20" tall forb; stems with many branches, pale brown with thin purple lines; parasitic on beech tree roots
Flower: whitish often with 2 brown stripes, 1/3" long; 2 different types of flowers: the lower cup-like, ribbed, 5-lobed; the upper somewhat larger, tubular, 4 -lobed; inflorescence a loose, often-branched, tall cluster (panicle) of flowers from the leaf axils; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Leaf:scattered, alternate, scale-like
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Leptamnium virginianum (L.) Raf.
Orobanche virginiana L.

         
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