Observation 23382: Pterospora andromedea Nutt.
When: 2009-07-03
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Added because it’s another example of a (largely) non-chlorophyllic plant that probably makes it’s living parasitizing Rhizopogons.

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Used references: Remembered the common name, ‘Pinedrops’, and was able to find references on the web like ‘the Wikipedia article on Pinedrops’:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinedrops.

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Thanks, Darvin!
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-07-22 10:52:57 EDT (-0400)

For both the list and the word for the relationship. I was even able to find the name of a non-photosynthetic plant I sometimes find (Pleuricospora fimbriolata) which I had been unable to find before. I thought it was rare, but apparently it is found throughout the west coast area.

Allotropa virgata is the matsutake indicator plant.
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2009-07-21 15:41:02 EDT (-0400)

A search of the internet for mycoheterotrophs turned up lots of associations. Family names indicate more than one genus and genus names indicate more than one species.
Allotropa virgata – Tricholoma magnivelare
Corallorhiza maculata – Russulaceae
Cryptothallus mirabilis -Tulasnella (a jelly fungus)
Hemitomes congestum – Hydnellum peckii & H. aurantiacum
Monotropa hypopitys – Tricholoma cingulatum
Monotropa uniflora – Russulaceae
Monotropastrum humile – Russula
Monotropsis odorata – Hydnellum
Pityopus californicus – Tricholoma
Pleuricospora fimbriolata – Gautieria monticola
Pterospora andromedea – Rhizopogon
Sarcodes sanguinea – Rhizopogon

Indicator species
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-07-21 15:16:37 EDT (-0400)

Did you know Pinedrops are also one of the indicator species for matsutake being nearby?

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