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Miller, Holmes O.
Pterospora andromedea Nutt.
Pinedrops, Woodland pinedrops
USDA Symbol: PTAN2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The stiffly erect, leafless stems of this reddish-brown plant often grow in clusters, and are covered with glandular hairs. Pale yellowish-brown egg-shaped flowers hang in a long raceme.
Stems grow for only one year, but remain as dried stalks for several years. The genus name, from Greek words for winged seeds, refers to the net-like wing at one end of each minute seed that carries it to a new site as it is sprinkled from the capsule.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Alaska south throughout West to northern Mexico; also from southeastern Canada to northeastern United States. Native Habitat:
Deep humus of coniferous forests; in the West especially common under ponderosa pine.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Weird-looking rootless plant, perhaps a fungus
August 23, 2008
While out it my backyard (i.e. the Black Hills of South Dakota), I spotted a weird-looking rootless plant (I think it may be a fungus) growing beneath the Ponderosa Pines. It was the only one in the a...
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Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff