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Sarcodes sanguinea (Snowplant)
Wilson, John

Sarcodes sanguinea

Sarcodes sanguinea Torr.

Snowplant, Snow Plant

Monotropaceae (Indian-Pipe Family)

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USDA Symbol: SASA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An unusual, stout, fleshy, entirely bright red plant with bracts overlapping on lower stem and curled among racemes of flowers above.

Once seen, this plant is never forgotten; the brilliant red is startling in the filtered sunlight against the dark background of the forest. Plants poke through the forest floor as snow recedes, drawing their nutrition from the rich humus.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: CA , NV , OR
Native Distribution: Southern Oregon south to southern California.
Native Habitat: In humus of coniferous woods.

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2010-06-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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