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Allotropa virgata

Allotropa virgata Torr. & A. Gray ex A. Gray

Candystick, Sugarstick

Monotropaceae (Indian-Pipe Family)


USDA Symbol: ALVI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Lustrous, erect, leafless, scaly stems resembling peppermint sticks with flowers hanging in a raceme along top.

Lacking chlorophyll, this plant absorbs nutrients from the rich thick humus in which it grows.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to southern Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: In humus of coniferous forests.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Allotropa virgata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allotropa virgata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allotropa virgata


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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