Name: Epifagus virginiana
Names: Caner root, pinedrops, beechdrops
Used: The plant
Beechdrops is used externally for wounds, bruises, cuts, skin irritation, and other conditions where an astringent is called for.
This native North American plant grows as a parasite on the roots of beech trees. It has a scaly, tuberous root and a branching, slender, leafless stem that reaches a height of 12 to 18 inches. The entire plant is a dud, red color.
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