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Conopholis americana (L.) Wallr.
American cancer-root, Squawroot
Synonym(s): Orobanche americana
USDA Symbol: coam
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A parasitic plant with yellowish to cream-colored flowers emerging among lanceolate or ovate, pointed, yellow-tan scales on upper part of a fleshy stalk.
This plant resembles a pinecone as it becomes dry and brown with age. A parasite, it gets its nourishment from the roots of oaks, its host trees. A closely related species, Alpine Squawroot (C. alpina), occurs from the southwestern United States down to Oaxaca in southern Mexico.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WV Canada: NS Native Distribution:
Manitoba east to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Mississippi, and north to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Native Habitat:
Woods, under oaks.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Record Last Modified: 2012-08-25
Research By: TWC Staff