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Hypopitys monotropa [= Monotropa hypopithys]

Pinesap, Yellow Pinesap, False Beechdrops

Scientific Name:

Hypopitys monotropa [= Monotropa hypopithys]

Genus:

Hypopitys

Species Epithet:

monotropa

Common Name:

Pinesap, Yellow Pinesap, False Beechdrops

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests (Weakley 2015). Uncommon throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

No apparent leaves

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

"The yellow pine-sap is a mycotroph, which is to say it is a parasitic plant that obtains all its nutrients by stealing them from the roots of a tree. It does this not by entering the host directly, but through a fungal intermediary. Like other mycotrophs, yellow pine-sap has no green tissues." https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/hypopitys/monotropa/

Blooms

image

Earl English

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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