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Called a Saprophyte in my plant book. It is a myco-heterotroph. It parasites fungi that are in mycorrhizal relationships with vascular plants.
Pacific temperate rain forest of hemlock, fir, Big-leaf maple, and Red alder. Understory of Salal, Vanilla leaf, and Oregon grape.
Found near the Diez Vistas hiking trail.
Spotted on Aug 13, 2011
Submitted on Aug 16, 2011
Nice spotting, could you please add this to my mission http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1487...
Thanks for your comments. I have now read the articles in wiki - and am very interested because these plants are favourites of mine.
Really cool spotting!
For what its worth, Pinesap is neither a mushroom, nor a saprophyte (saprophytes don't technically exist). It is a myco-heterotroph in the Heath family (Ericaceae) that has parasites off of fungi, generally the Bolete mushrooms.