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Snow plant, Snow flower

Sarcodes sanguinea


Red flowers, found in Yosemite National Park in May. I fond them mostly in a forested settings at higher elevations.

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Snow plant, Snow flower
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1 Comment

EmilyUmbarger 7 years ago

This is such a cool plant! Check out this unique description: "Another set of wildflowers emerge before the snows completely melt in the higher forests and meadows along the Glacier Point Road, climbing to more than 7,000 feet in elevation. The unusual looking snow plant pops out through thin layers of the remaining snow. The snow plant lacks any green because it doesn’t photosynthesize, instead feeding off soil fungi. Its red color attracts hummingbirds, which feed from its bell shaped flowers."

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California, USA

Spotted on May 28, 2013
Submitted on Jul 4, 2013

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