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Plant Details

Aphyllon uniflorum [= Orobanche uniflora]

Cancer-Root, One-Flowered Cancer-Root, One-Flowered Broomrape, Ghost Pipe, Naked Broomrape

Scientific Name:

Aphyllon uniflorum [= Orobanche uniflora]

Genus:

Aphyllon

Species Epithet:

uniflorum

Common Name:

Cancer-Root, One-Flowered Cancer-Root, One-Flowered Broomrape, Ghost Pipe, Naked Broomrape

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In a wide diversity of forests (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Holoparasitic.

Blooming Plants

The green leaves are not part of this plant - it has no green.

image

One flowered Cancer Root

Taken May 2008 at Lamtree Farm

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©Tom Harville

Blooms

image

Tom Harville
May 08

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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