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Pinesap Flowering

8-4-15 pinesap 378Pinesap, like its close relative Indian Pipe, is a flowering plant which lacks chlorophyll, and therefore is not green and cannot make its own food. Often found under pine trees, Pinesap’s color ranges from yellow to pink, red, orange or brown or some combination of these. Often pine sap that flowers in the summer is yellowish, while pink is more dominant in the fall. Pinesap gets its nutrients from other plants’ roots, but not directly. Mycorrhizal fungi are the middlemen, connecting the roots of Pinesap with those of the fungi’s host plant, allowing nutrients to be passed along from the host plant to the Pinesap. Being the beneficiary of a fungi-dependent relationship makes Pinesap a myco-heterotroph.

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One response

  1. Sue

    Hi Mary: We were camping at Quechee Gorge State Park where Indian Pipes were prolific and I did find Pinesap as well. Cheers, Sue Wetmore Sent from my iPod


    August 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

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