beechdrops

Related to beechdrops: pinesap, Monotropa hypopitys

beech·drops

or beech-drops  (bēch′drŏps′)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A brownish eastern North American plant (Epifagus virginiana) having scalelike leaves and whitish tubular flowers with brown-purple stripes. It is parasitic on the roots of the American beech tree, Fagus grandifolia.

beechdrops

(ˈbiːtʃˌdrɒps)
pl n
(Plants) a North American flowering plant, Epifagus virginiana, which is parasitic on beech trees

beech•drops

(ˈbitʃˌdrɒps)

n., pl. -drops. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a low plant, Epifagus virginiana, of the broomrape family, without green foliage, parasitic upon the roots of the beech.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Others, like beechdrops and squawroot, tap directly into tree roots extracting what they need to survive.
Parasitic beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana): a possible ant-pollinated species.
Known as beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana), with slender stems that rise as high as a foot above the leaves, its Latin name means "growing upon beech," an apt description of this plant's strategy.
Beechdrops has a more robust-looking cousin growing in the same mixed deciduous forests of New York: squawroot (Conopholis americana).