Observation 22512: Pyrola aphylla

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Recognized by sight: reddish achlorophyllous plant with round flower buds initially.
91% (2)
Recognized by sight: smooth red naked stipe, round buds. Common name: Leafless Wintergreen.
Used references: Jack Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada.

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this achlorophyllous ericaceous plant is also a myco-heterotroph…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-07-28 12:07:55 CDT (-0400)

which makes it quasi-appropriate for MO!

It is unusual in having multiple fungal hosts. Nicole Hynson, formerly with the Bruns Lab at UCB, studied this rare plant and its fungal associates, and published her findings here:


I’m not sure about Pterospora andromedea
By: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)
2010-07-28 10:44:00 CDT (-0400)

In this specimen the flowers are not pendant and the stem is glabrous, unlike P. andromadea. And where is the fungus around here EH? I feel like I have drifted into the wrong kingdom!

call it Plant Observer?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-07-28 10:18:16 CDT (-0400)
I don’t think this is Sarcodes..
By: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)
2010-07-28 10:09:15 CDT (-0400)

Sarcodes ( snow plant) usually has a thicker stem and lots of serrate leafy bracts between the flowers and on the stem. This doesn’t seem to be pterospora either ( pinedrops).

We have something similar in Europe
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-06-25 07:58:45 CDT (-0400)

called Monotropys or “Fichtenspargel”, that means “spruce asparagus” but it’s brownish yellow …

parasitic plant
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-24 20:31:21 CDT (-0400)

I don’t recall what the relationship is called, but a mycorrhizal fungus is the middle man between a tree and one of these plants.

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