Friday, September 17, 2010

Sweet Pinesap

Monotropsis odorata
Family: Monotropaceae

Sandstone ridgetops, chiefly pine woods but also mesophytic woods.

Species Description:
Saprophytic perennial.

Flowering Period: Early February to late April.

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This is a saprophytic plant in the Indian-pipe family that does not have chlorophyll and is therefore colorless or white. It differs from typical Indian pipes in have united petals and nodding fruit.

Timber removal would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

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