Epifagus virginiana (L.) W.P.C.Barton
Family: Orobanchaceae
beech-drops,  more...
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Damon A. Smith  
Etymology: Epifagus: ancient Greek name of Helleborus
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-20" tall forb; stems with many branches, pale brown with thin purple lines; parasitic on beech tree roots
Leaves: scattered, alternate, scale-like
Flowers: 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.
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods
Conservation Status: Native
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Clifford Orsted  
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Arthur Meeks  
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