Tree Mob™! A Unilateral Contract: Epifagus

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
October 12, 2016

Epifagus virginiana

Tree Mob™! A Unilateral Contract: Epifagus

A Unilateral Contract: Epifagus in the Beech Grove
Walking under the beautiful American beech (Fagus grandifolia) on a gorgeous afternoon seems a lovely thing. But do you know that a sinister thief may be present? This freeloader, Epifagus virginiana or commonly beechdrop, is a parasitic plant that forms delicate connections to the roots of American beech trees. The brownish plant has no leaves for photosynthesis and instead depends solely on the tree’s roots for nutrients and water. Zhenzhen Yang, who completed her dissertation at Pennsylvania State University on this monotypic plant, will speak about its life cycle and singular dependence on the American beech. Meet in the beech grove at Acc. # 14585*B on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm.

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