Conopholis americana is a small parasitic plant that typically grows near oak trees. It is commonly called bear corn, cancer root, squaw root, squaw corn, or bear cabbage.
According to this page bear love to eat the plant so I guess bear corn is a good name for it. I’ve seen it while hiking in Swain and Haywood counties but have never seen it near my house until a few weeks ago. Whether it’s rare in this area or I’ve walked right over it for years I couldn’t tell you. It is an interesting little plant. Have you ever seen it?