Plant Profile

Epifagus virginiana: Beechdrops, Cancer Root

Family: Broomrape

Location: Bear Creek Lake State Park: near maintenance facilities

Bloom Period: August—October

Habitat: Near beech trees in wooded areas

Interesting Facts:

  • Parasitic on roots of beech trees.
  • Annual.
  • Branching with brown to purple stems; no real leaves, just scales.
  • Epifagus means “upon the beech.”