On Feb 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:
This native wildflower volunteers in the sunny front yard of a neighbor of mine, where his lawn meets a border filled mostly with hosta and volunteering goldenrod. There it blooms only for a couple of weeks in late spring. The flowers are lavender here. It has no visible leaves.
This parasitic species has a wide host range, including goldenrod and Helianthus. My neighbor's goldenrod appears healthy. No stonecrop or Heuchera are present.
Native to North America, this species has been found in every continental state and most of Canada. It is most commonly a woodland species, and generally absent from the Great Plains. Despite its wide geographic range, its distribution is spotty, and it is often locally rare, and in some states endangered.
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On Sep 25, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:
Parasitic on roots of other vascular plants, herbaceous, achlorophyllous, subterranean, thin, glabrous.
Alternate, few, reduced to scales, whitish-tan, 2-3mm long, glabrous, ovate.
Inflorescence - Solitary flower on axillary pedicel to 15cm long. Pedicel glandular pubescent, erect.
Corolla typically white, tubular, 2.2cm long, dense glandular pubescent, 5-lobed. Lobes to 6mm long, 4.5mm broad, with two yellow bearded strips alternating with two bottom lobes. Stamens 4, adnate at base of corolla tube, alternating with lobes. Filaments white, glabrous, to +4mm long. Anthers pale yellow, 1.1mm long. Style 7-8mm long, glabrous, tubular, expanded at apex. Stigma two lobed. Calyx tube campanulate, 5-... read more
On Jan 4, 2004, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:
This pretty little plant has no leaves and is a root parasite on Stonecrops (Sedum sp.) and Alum-roots (Heuchera sp.)