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Hypopitys monotropa


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.

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Adam Braz tb2 10 years ago

Nice spotting, could you please add this to my mission

JeanSawatzky 11 years ago

Hi Behn,
Thanks for your comments. I have now read the articles in wiki - and am very interested because these plants are favourites of mine.

birdlady6000 11 years ago

Really cool spotting!

Behn 11 years ago

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.

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Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 13, 2011
Submitted on Aug 16, 2011

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