Conopholis americana

Conopholis americana
Conopholis americana
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Conopholis americana (L.) Wallr.
Common name: Squawroot; American cancer-root
Synonomy: Orobanche¬Żamericana¬ŻL.
Group: dicot
Family: Orobanchaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 3 - 8"
Flower: yellow-brown, 1/2 - 3/4" long
Flowering time: late May to late June
Habitat: woods, generally under Quercus (oak trees)
Range in New Jersey: rare and local in woods north Jersey; old record from Camden County
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Conopholis americana
Misc. a root parasite, usually at the base of the trunk on Quercus.
According to Stone in 1910, occurence in Southern Jersey rest on the "indefinite statement in Britton's Catalogue on authority of C.F. Parker for Camden Co. The Swedesboro record in Keller and Brown's List was an error of comilation, as Mr. Lippincott's specimens were really from a Pennsylvania locality"(695).