Oct. 17, 2019

American cancer-root, Conopholis americana

The newly politically correct cancer-root used to be squawroot. Good change! I almost didn't post this because of the name, and because it just doesn't appeal to me. But differences in perception and associations are interesting. The NCState Extension web site says, "This plant with its rich color and autumn touches . . . has an almost tropical look. Its autumn colors draw us into thinking of fireplaces and toasting marshmallows. This plant can allow us to think of making such delicious treats, soups and cookies just by looking at its rich autumn colors and allow us to think of jumping into raked up piles of leaves." Differences in perception indeed! American cancer-root grows on oak roots in AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH(T), NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI(S), SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NS, ON, and QC(L). Washtenaw Co MI, 6/3/11.