Observation 166946: Hypopitys monotropa Crantz
When: 2014-06-08
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Yellow! White / translucent is typical of course; I have seen a few white-pink-reddish variants. Under beech and oak.

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No conifers
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-06-09 21:32:46 CDT (-0400)

in site on this hillside. Thanks Daniel, darv, and Alan.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-06-09 12:38:05 CDT (-0400)

Monotropa found on the east coast of US parasitize Russulaceae. On the west coast, Russulaceae are still parasitized, but not the same species. Usually East coast Russulaceae are mushrooms like Russula and Lactarius; while West coast Russulaceae are Martellia and Gymnomyces.

And, according to Wikipedia
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-06-09 12:20:12 CDT (-0400)

the most common Monotropa found with beech is M. uniflora, which has just one flower. This has more. So, which species and more importantly, which genus should this be?

According to Gilkey-Dennis in
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-06-09 12:13:40 CDT (-0400)

Handbook of Northwestern Plants, H. monotropa is found in coniferous woods only. I believe the fungus the plant lives off of is specific to conifers.

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