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Re: What is this strange item?


Hey Marge anything called broomrape can't be good!

DF

Marge Talt wrote:

>>From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
>>I wonder if it could be one of the saphrophytic (sp?) plants? I
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>don't 
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>>think it is an Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) but I think there
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>are 
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>>others? These are woodlanders.
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>Cathy, you're close.  Thanks to the wonders of the net, I now know
>what it is!  What I have is squawroot.  It's a native parasitic plant
>of the broomrape family, Orobanchaceae, that grows primarily on oak
>roots.  The botanical name is Conopholis americana. 
>
>I haven't been able to find a lot of detailed info. about it, but
>it's classed as a wildflower and does not harm the oak roots.  Seems
>it is found fairly frequently throughout the eastern US.
>
>While the clump I have is right under a small dogwood, it's also
>about 8' from a huge oak, and must be sitting right over one of the
>roots of that tree.
>
>Strange and wondrous little item that's been driving me nuts for
>several years as I periodically searched fungi images for it.  Never
>once thought of its being a parasitic plant as I've never run into
>one of those before.
>
>Thanks for the tries everybody else who posted.
>
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>mtalt@hort.net
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