Monotropa hypopithys

Monotropa hypopithys
Monotropa hypopithys
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Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Monotropa hypopithys
Common name: pinesap
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae, formerly Monotropaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 7 1/2"
Foliage: alternate, reduced and scalelike
Flower: yellow to brown, or red, terminal, several flowers, 1/2"
Flowering time: summer, fall
Habitat: acidic woods
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Pinesap can bloom in the summer and in the fall. Those that bloom in summer are more yellow to brown, while those blooming in fall are reddish. A myco-heterotroph, producing no chlorophyll but rather getting its nutrition through parasitism on fungus.