The figworts (formerly Scrophulariaceae) are colorful members of the Virginia flora that sometimes parasitize other plants.
The figworts, aka scrophs, are striking plants that usually have bilaterally symmetric flowers. They employ a wide variety of life history strategies, including parasitizing other plants. For example, the diminutive beech drops (Epiphagus virginiana) is a parasite on beech trees. Several years ago many of the genera in the Scrophulariaceae were transferred to other families, especially the Orobanchaceae and Plantaginaceae. You can help us to understand the distribution and diversity of these charismatic plants while brushing up on the recent taxonomic changes in this group.
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