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Snow Plant, Snowplant

Sarcodes sanguinea


Plants are 4 to 8 inches tall and about 2" diameter. Very rigid and sturdy. Looks like many pitcher shaped berrys or flowers. Bright Red easily seen from a distance but not often seen.


Elevation 6000' Plus, found near base of tall pines, poking up thru deep needle beds


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.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Snow Plant or Indian Pipe
Sarcodes sanquinea

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1 Comment

LennyWorthington 6 years ago


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California, USA

Lat: 38.31, Long: -119.75

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 17, 2013

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