The elephant's head is a very interesting native lousewort found in all of the western continental United States, all of Canada including the Maritimes provinces, and Greenland. The flowers are shaped just like an pinkish-purple elephant's head including trunk and ears, and just like other louseworts - it is a parasite that gets its nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. Because of this, it has no green parts or chlorophyll, and doesn't require photosynthesis. This one was photographed high in the Cascade Mountains about fifty miles northeast of Seattle.
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