An unusual plant, resembling a slender, dark purplish-brown pinecone, standing erect on ground with cupped, spoon-like bracts widest near blunt tip.
This perennial parasite flowers each season and causes large knobs to form on the roots of manzanita shrubs (Arctostaphylos) and madrone trees (Arbutus). Small Groundcone (B. hookeri), which grows near the Pacific Coast from Canada to northern California, is half the size of California Groundcone, with pointed bracts widest at about the middle.
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