Pine Drops

Also called: Albany beechdrops, or giant bird's nest
Scientific Name Pterospora andromedea

Seen on Hike 226 to Palmateer Point 8/15/13
(also seen on hike 220 Barlow Road 7/25/13)

Pine Drops "lack chlorophyll. Plants exist for most of their life as a mass of brittle, but fleshy, roots.

They live in a parasitic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi, in which plants derive all their carbon from their associated fungus, but the relationship is not yet well understood."(From Wikipedia)

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