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Monday, May 18, 2015

Vancouver Ground-Cone

Here's an oddity Fern and I came across during our walk around Matheson Lake. When I first saw it I thought it was a pine cone standing on its end. There were two of them and I assumed some kid was playing with them and left them standing upright like that. But when I touched one I realized it was firmly rooted in the ground and looked a little closer. It's not a pine cone but a parasitic plant called Vancouver Ground-Cone (Boschniakia hookeri). In our area it is parasitic on salal and huckleberry plants. It just goes to show that no matter how many times you go for a walk in the woods you might always see something new.

4 comments:

JoJo said...

Never heard of it but it's really cool. Does it ever get any bigger or turn into a plant?

The Furry Gnome said...

That's a new one on me!

William Kendall said...

That's the first time I've heard of that.

Joanna Rigby said...

We have it here in Gold River, as well. Some locals told me they were edible. I'm still trying to verify whether that's true.