Entry from US English dictionary
A broomrape that is parasitic on the roots of beech trees. Unlike most broomrapes, it has branching stems.
- Epifagus virginiana, family Orobanchaceae.
- Peculiar, parasitic beechdrops grow on the roots of beech trees; squawroot, another plant devoid of chlorophyll, gains its nutrition from the leaf litter.
- Like Indian pipes, beechdrops have none of the chlorophyll of most plants and thus are not green.
- The dried stems of beechdrops can often be found through the winter.
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