Epifagus virginiana


Common Names: Beech drops, beech-drops, beechdrops
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Broomrape family

A parasitic plant on beech trees. An annual plant native to eastern North America. It entirely lacks chlorophyll and produces many brown stems up to 30 cm tall on which it bears small white and purple flowers. The flowers have tubular, zygomorphic, corollas ~8mm long containing a single syle and four stamens. The dried flower stalks will persist throughout the winter. Beechdrops do contain very small alternate, scale like leaves, which are a vestigial structure from a common ancestor which was photosynthetic.

Found near beech trees on forest floors. Blooms July through October.

Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: Brown
 
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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