Squawroot (Conopholis americana) is a plant in the Broomrape family that produces no chlorophyll and has no leaves. Instead it’s parasitic on the roots of trees, especially oaks.
The only time I notice squawroot is when it blooms in the spring.
I found these flowers on Monday in Schenley Park.
p.s. The green leaves on the left are a
n invasive plant unrelated to squawroot. Anyone know its name? (See the comments for the plant’s identity. It is not invasive.)
(photo by Kate St. John)