Haynes Mexican cancer-root

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Haynes Mexican cancer-root

Haynes Mexican cancer-root  - Conopholis alpina Leibman var. mexicana

by: Honza
Location/Trail:  Horton Creek Trail #285
Date sighted:  5/12/2012
Season:  Summer
Conopholis alpina var. mexicana is yellowish-white with brown highlights and cream colored flowers. This parasitic plant (lives off the nutrients it gets from the roots of woody plants - has no chlorophyl) grows as a clump of several stems usually under Ponderosa Pine, and is usually no taller than 8 inches.
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