Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in moist to rather dry forests under Fagus grandifolia, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish-brown
5-lobed cupulate calyx
2-lipped 4-lobed tubular corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in spikelike inflorescences

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Epifagus virginiana   FAMILY Orobanchaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Epifagus virginiana   FAMILY Orobanchaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 169-01-001:
Epifagus virginiana   FAMILY Orobanchaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Leptamnium virginianum

 

COMMON NAME:
Beechdrops


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_levi14_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090313_008

March    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

True to its name, Beechdrops parasitizes the roots of beech trees, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm070506_111

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

To the uninitiated this might look like the dead tip of a fallen branch, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Joe Pollard    ajp_epifagus_joycekilmer

September    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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Sam Pratt    sbp_3484

September    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Upper flowers 3/8", 2-lipped w 4 short lobes, usually yellowish or purplish, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdme_virginiana

Month Unknown