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Squawroot, Bear's Purge, Bear Corn - Conopholis americana


Family: Orobanchaceae - Broom-rape family Genus Common Name: Squawroot Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Conopholis americana - Squawroot, Bear's Purge, Bear Corn. Parisitic plant that makes its living off the roots of oak trees.

Found in:
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Conopholis americana

Distribution of Conopholis americana in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 29 May 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Big Frog Trail, Polk County, TN Date: 2004-May-08Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Spiked inflorescence with pale white blossoms and brown scaly bracts. While squawroot is not a particularly "pretty" plant, it is quite interesting.
Conopholis americana

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/200f/9 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Bees are clearly among the pollenators for Squawroot. Here a bee has its head buried deep a blossom on the spike inflorescence of a squawroot plant.
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Conopholis americana

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/160f/8 ISO100
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Colony of Squawroots in bloom.
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Conopholis americana

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