Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Squawroot - Conopholis Americana - Conopholis d'Amérique

Squawroot is an achlorophyllous (non-photosynthesizing) plant which grows as a parasite on the roots of oak and beech. We encountered several of these in our hike up Mont Cayamant the other day. I think it's a rather strange-looking plant. Visible in the picture below is the above-ground infructescence; at this time of the season, the flowers have been replaced with seed pods.

C. americana infructescence
Today I'm feeling impatient.

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