All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Squawroot</strong>
<em>Conopholis americana</em> /Broomrape Family
April 3, 2005<br>
This leafless plant is a parasite on the roots of trees, often on oaks. I call it "Bears' Ex-Lax" because it is eaten by bears in the spring as a type of "l...
Squawroot
Conopholis americana /Broomrape Family
April 3, 2005

This leafless plant is a parasite on the roots of trees, often on oaks. I call it "Bears' Ex-Lax" because it is eaten by bears in the spring as a type of "laxative" to clean them out after spending the winter sleeping. There is a huge area of these strange flowers at Norris Dam State Park, however, there are no bears there to eat them!
Perennial
Where seen:University of Tennessee Arboretum, Haw Ridge Greenway, Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP

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