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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Epifagus virginiana

Beechdrops, Beech-drops

Scientific Name:

Epifagus virginiana

Genus:

Epifagus

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Beechdrops, Beech-drops

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple, Brown

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist to rather dry forests under Fagus grandifolia. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Parasitic on the roots of American Beech, Fagus grandifolia.

Plant

image

Tom Harville
26 Oct '08

Plants

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Tom Harville
26 Oct '08

Buds

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Tom Harville
3 Oct '08

Bloom

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Tom Harville
3 Oct '08

Seed Pods

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Tom Harville
26 Oct '08

Flowers are white with purple-brown stripes.

Somewhere in North Carolina!

The Scientific Name is Epifagus virginiana. You will likely hear them called Beechdrops, Beech-drops. This picture shows the Flowers are white with purple-brown stripes. of Epifagus virginiana

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of stems in mid October

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Epifagus virginiana. You will likely hear them called Beechdrops, Beech-drops. This picture shows the Close-up of stems in mid October of Epifagus virginiana

Bettina Darveaux

Last year's dried stems

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Epifagus virginiana. You will likely hear them called Beechdrops, Beech-drops. This picture shows the Last year's dried stems  of Epifagus virginiana

Bettina Darveaux

This achlorophyllous plant has multiple stems and small scale-like leaves. The inflorescence is a spike of scattered purple striped flowers.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Epifagus virginiana. You will likely hear them called Beechdrops, Beech-drops. This picture shows the This achlorophyllous plant has multiple stems and small scale-like leaves. The inflorescence is a spike of scattered purple striped flowers. of Epifagus virginiana

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epifagus



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