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Newcastle Island, in the bay at Nanaimo, British Columbia. These things are maybe 10 cm tall. I had no idea what they were, but the Parks people near Tofino helped out the next day: these are Boschniakia hookeri, or the "Vancouver Groundcone." It's a parasite, hooking its roots into another plant's roots and getting its nutrients from them.

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