Epifagus virginiana

Epifagus virginiana
Epifagus virginiana
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Epifagus virginiana (L.) W. Bartram 
Common name: beechdrops
Synonomy: Leptamnium virginianum (L.) Raf.
Group: dicot
Family: Orobanchaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: annual
Origin: native
Plant height: 6-20"
Foliage: no leaves
Flower: reddish, brown, or yellowish, to 1/2"
Flowering time: August to October
Habitat: in woods, under or near beech trees
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Parasitic on beech trees, flowers can be cleistagamous or chasmogamous.