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Through the Woodland and on the Systematic Beds, hoops of orange and yellow crown imperial bells sporting a tuft of bright green leaves are standing in joyful crowds.
Through the Woodland and on the Systematic Beds, hoops of orange and yellow crown imperial bells sporting a tuft of bright green leaves are standing in joyful crowds.
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Lathraea clandestina

There is a magnificent patch of purple toothwort, Lathraea clandestina, hunkered down at the base of the black walnut. The plant has totally lost chlorophyll and has no photosynthesizing capacity. The lack of green leaf or stalk to counter the dense clusters of purple flowers does make a suffocating impression.
The plant taps into the host plant via a specialist root attachment called an haustorium which allows the syphoning off of food reserves and nutrients necessary for growth.

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