|Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature)
|Date Taken: 2015-07-22|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2016-01-18 12:29|
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|Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea) Montane|
Fruiting stage photographed.
Also known as woodland pinedrops is a subfamily of Monotropoidiae of the blueberry family.
I found this rare plant in Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for it's unique, rare and unusual plant life.
Pinedrops can grow up to 100 cm tall (40 inches) and has been known is a few cases to reach 2 meters or 5 feet.
The plants lacks chlorophyll, only trace amounts have been found which does not provide any energy to the plant.
They live a parasitic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi where the plant will derive all their carbon from their associated fungus. This symbiosis relationship it not totally understood.
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- [2016-01-18 22:07]
Thanks for sharing with us this plant. I like the combination of images of the close-up inset with plant in its natural habitat.
I believe the proper characterization for this type of plant is 'saprophytic' (not parasitic), as it uses only decayed matter from the soil (yes, the product of the activity of fungi, among others), and it does not feed on another plant.
All the best,
nice to see this plant with good details to see on the little picture
thanks gr lou
- [2016-01-19 8:59]
Hi Janice,interesting collage showing us a large view of the habitat and the details of this specie in the same composition,useful work about this curious specie not often seen on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
nice captures, TFS Ori