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American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
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Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58941/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html" title="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/58941_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1678320010&Signature=5X220xXzK2jVpehx3UUrNYKjmO0%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
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Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
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It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
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It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58942/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html" title="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/58942_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1678320010&Signature=hfii7F4ThE4K9Tyw0B%2F4EiwbDQQ%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
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Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/71247/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html" title="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/71247_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1678320010&Signature=5e3LlW%2BY%2BjpFlPQSWmXIBotWnUc%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
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Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58939/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
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Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
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American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana)

Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.

Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.

American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
<br />
Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58939/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58942/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
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It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.

American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
<br />
Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58941/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58939/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
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American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
<br />
Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58939/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58941/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
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American Cancer-Root aka Bear Corn (Conopholis americana) Gigantic patch growing in a shaded valley under pines and oaks in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. April 10, 2018.<br />
<br />
Conopholis americana is a parasitic, non-photosynthetic plant in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) Family which depends on the roots of oak and beech trees for its nourishment.<br />
<br />
It is also a vital early spring foodstuff for bear populations and is thought to make up about 16% of the diet of bears within the Smoky and Shenandoah Mountain Regions. It comes in second place (behind acorns) as an energy source for bears.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/58939/american_cancer-root_aka_bear_corn_conopholis_americana.html<br />
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    comments (3)

  1. Love this. I'm surprised it's in such good condition after the winter! I rarely find it in the northeast. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Can't wait to find it again! I'm sure the bears in the area absolutely love this spot in Spring! Posted 4 years ago
      1. Sounds like a good spot for a trail cam! Posted 4 years ago

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''Conopholis americana'', the American cancer-root, is a perennial, non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant, native but not endemic to North America and when blooming, resembles a pine cone or cob of corn growing from the roots of mostly oak and beech trees.

Similar species: Lamiales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Apr 12, 2018. Captured Apr 10, 2018 16:49 in 381 Dally Cove Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm