Monotropa hypopithys: Pinesap, False Beechdrops, Yellow Bird’s Nest, Dutchman’ Pipe
Family: Monotropaceae (previously Heath)
Location: Holliday Lake State Park: Lakeshore Trail; Bear Creek Lake State Park:
Bloom Period: June–September
Habitat: Rich, moist, mature coniferous woods, acidic soil, sometimes in mixed woods.
- Pinesaps blooming in the summer tend to be pale yellow, while those blooming in the fall tend to be reddish.
- Relative of Indian Pipe.
- Monotropa means “once turned.”
- Hypopithys means “under pine” referring to the plant’s preferred habitat.
- Does not contain chlorophyll.
- Leaves reduced to small scales along stem.
- For more information about monotropa, see: http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/oct2002.html.
- Another good source of information is here.