Epifagus virginiana (L.) Bart. - Beech Drops
Family - Orobanchaceae
Stems - No info yet.
Leaves - Absent. Plant lacks leaves and chlorophyll.
Inflorescence - No info yet.
Flowers - No info yet.
Chasmogamous flower side-view...
Flowering - August - October.
Habitat - Beech woods of the Crowley Ridge (SE Missouri).
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This interesting little species is found in just a few southeast Missouri counties where Beech trees (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.) occur. The plant is parasitic on the roots of the Beech. It produces no chlorophyll and thus lacks green coloration. The brown stems are hard too see against the fallen leaves on the forest floor. Becasue of this, the plant is often overlooked.
Photographs taken at Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, AL., 10-2-05.