Stems: scape bracted, grooved, densely covered with viscid hairs. Leaves: none, bracts lanceolate or linear, very numerous, crowded at the base. Flowers: numerous, racemose. Fruit: capsule globose-ovoid, tapering, with a reticulated broad wing.
The roots of this parasitic plant are extremely astringent and form a thick fibrous mass, often two feet in diameter. The scape is brownish or purplish, grooved, and thickly covered with sticky hairs. It stands from six inches to two feet high, and the white, bell-shaped, nodding flowers grow in a long,' terminal, bracted raceme. The narrow bracts are very crowded at the base of the scapes, and the whole plant is clammy and glutinous.