Squaw root (a.k.a. “squawroot,” “American cancer-root,” or “bear corn”) is, like yesterday’s Indian pipe, ANOTHER is a parasitic plant that grows in clumps (like a fungus) and has no chlorophyll (like a fungus) and looks for all the world like a fungus BUT IT ISN’T A FUNGUS. (whaaaat! two in a row! that’s crazy!)
Its Latin name, Conopholis americana, is derived from its pinecone-like appearance. So if you see some weird-lookin’ yellow pinecones stickin’ out of the soil, this might be what you’re seein’.