Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is a whatsit?

Unknown fungus?
Saw this growing among the leaf litter on the forest floor.  I have no idea what it is, but I suspect some kind of fungus.  Anybody know what kind this is?

EDIT: Solved. Squaw Root aka Cancer Root. A parasitic plant that feeds off of the roots of oak and other trees. Lives underground, except when the chlorophyll-free flowers pop up and that is what is visible here. Sure looks like a bizarre fungus, but it's a plant.