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Monotropsis odorata (Sweet pinesap)
Cressler, Alan

Monotropsis odorata

Monotropsis odorata Schwein. ex Elliott

Sweet Pinesap, Pygmy-pipes, Carolina Beechdrops

Monotropaceae (Indian Pipe Family)

Synonym(s): Monotropsis lehmaniae, Monotropsis odorata var. lehmaniae, Monotropsis reynoldsiae

USDA Symbol: MOOD2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A monotypic genus Monotropsis odorata is aclorophyllous and is mycoheterotrophic; that is, it utilizes ectomycorrhizal fungi to obtain carbon from the roots of hardwood trees.

A state-listed Endangered species in Florida and Maryland. A state-listed Threatened species in Kentucky and Tennessee.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple , Violet , Brown
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , KY , MD , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-03-04
Research By: JAM

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