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Pityopus californica (California pinefoot)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Pityopus californica

Pityopus californica (Eastw.) Copeland f.

California Pinefoot

Monotropaceae (Indian Pipe Family)


USDA Symbol: PICA9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A monotypic genus, Pityopus is achlorophyllous and is mycoheterotrophic; that is, it utilizes fungi to obtain carbon from the roots of autotrophic plants.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange



Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-03-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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