Observation 95211: Allotropa virgata Torr. & A.Gray

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Recognized by sight
63% (3)
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Recognized by sight: probably really young Allotropa virgata

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I was not the collector….
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2012-05-23 19:06:17 PDT (-0700)

But I wish I knew who was so I can find out where they went!

a dead-ringer for young Allotropa virgata…pink tinted “asparagus!”
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-05-22 10:19:14 PDT (-0700)

Check out the Matsiman’s site, here:


This plant, commonly called the “Candy Cane”, is a mycoheterotroph, an obligate parasite upon matsutake mycelium! Wherever this plant is seen, dead or alive, there be matsies (or if not the mushrooms at least their mycelial body)!

Nice that the Matsieman credits John Getz, ace matsie and truffle hunter of SW Oregon, with first discovering this relationship between fungus and plant.

A feature of Monotropa uniflora
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-05-22 07:15:25 PDT (-0700)

is the pendant flower at all stages of development that I’ve seen. So I agree with Paul that M. uniflora is unlikely in this case. It might be something like very immature and mostly hypogeous leaf-less Orchidaceae.

I don’t think so,
By: Paul Sadowski (pabloski)
2012-05-21 18:01:12 PDT (-0700)

estimating there size by the morel on the right side. Out here,in the east, the plant has a thin stem with a larger flower. This looks more asparagus-like.

I’m not sure….
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2012-05-21 11:33:52 PDT (-0700)

These were brought into the foray ID table by a random collector.

what stage of growth is this?
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-05-21 07:16:41 PDT (-0700)

How are these identified, by plant and fungal surroundings?

Created: 2012-05-20 20:33:58 PDT (-0700)
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