Epifagus virginiana

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit


Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Beechdrops, Beech Drops
    Synonyms: Leptamnium virginianum
      Lifespan: Annual
      Zones: N/A
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: August - November
      Status: Native

    Epifagus virginiana, or Beechdrops, is native to much of the Eastern United States. It is a parasitic annual that grows only in Beech forests, as it must use Beech trees as its host. It does not have chlorophyll and can grow in deep shade. It blooms from late summer to late fall, with small white, purple and brown flowers.

    This plant is the only member of its genus and is easily recognized by its small purple-white flowers, the overall brownness of the plant and the fact that it will only be found growing directly under Beech trees.

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