Plant ID forum: Squawroot (Conopholis americana)

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wallaced
May 14, 2015 5:48 PM CST
Saw a lot of these while hiking today.


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Zencat
May 14, 2015 6:15 PM CST
I thought at first they were lupines but no. Where on the planet did you see them?
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plantladylin
May 14, 2015 6:19 PM CST
They sure are pretty but I don't have a clue as to what the identity is. I live in central Florida and I've never seen a plant that resembles the one in your photo. It would help to narrow it down if you can you give a general idea of the area where you saw that beauty.
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Horntoad
May 14, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Looks like some type of Orobanche.
http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=orobanche&button=

https://www.google.com/search?q=orobanche&rlz=1C1GGGE_enUS45...
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wallaced
May 14, 2015 6:28 PM CST
These are from the mountains of western NC.
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Zencat
May 14, 2015 7:05 PM CST
I think Lin might be onto somthing here...
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eclayne
May 14, 2015 7:41 PM CST

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Orobanche in USDA Plants brings up a few. Maybe Squawroot (Conopholis americana)
http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch
Evan
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Horntoad
May 14, 2015 7:47 PM CST
eclayne said:Orobanche in USDA Plants brings up a few. Maybe Squawroot (Conopholis americana)
]http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch


That looks like it.


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plantladylin
May 14, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Jay & Evan, good eye ... that sure looks like the plant in question and it's a N.C. native:

http://www.ncwildflower.org/plant_galleries/details/conophol...
http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Conopholis%20ameri...

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wallaced
May 14, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Thanks everyone! It looks like squawroot.
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Swayback
May 14, 2015 9:21 PM CST
I concur, sqawrooot indeed!
Truly a rare plant!

If I'm not mistaken they are parasites on the roots of ancient oaks!
You can walk many a mile in eastern hardwoods and never see one, they're sneaky and just not very common
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Zencat
May 14, 2015 10:00 PM CST
Oh boy, my apologies Jay. It was you I meant to say was onto the correct lead. *Blush*
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Horntoad
May 15, 2015 5:13 AM CST
Zencat said:Oh boy, my apologies Jay. It was you I meant to say was onto the correct lead. *Blush*


Not a problem.

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Ursula
May 15, 2015 7:08 AM CST
Oh yes, Squaw Root! I saw this one a couple of years ago here in the Ramapo mountains, took me a while to figure out what it was. It is beautiful!!

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