Allotropa virgata Torr. & A. Gray ex A. Gray
Monotropaceae (Indian-Pipe Family)
USDA Symbol: ALVI2
A monotypic genus, Allotropa virgata is achlorophyllous and is mycoheterotrophic; that is, it utilizes the mycelium of the Matsutake Mushroom fungus (Tricholoma matsutake) to obtain carbon from the roots of conifers in the Pacific Northwest. Lustrous, erect, leafless, scaly stems resembling peppermint sticks with flowers hanging in a raceme along top.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to southern Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: In humus of coniferous forests.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Allotropa virgata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allotropa virgata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allotropa virgata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-03-04
Research By: TWC Staff