Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sarcodes sanguinea

This striking flower is a parsitic plant!
Not only that, it is parasitic on fungi.

To explain further....
Sarcodes snguinea is a member of a parasitic group from the Ericaceae (blueberry, cranberry, azalea, heath & heather plant family) and grows underground by parasitically tapping into the nutrient supplies of a single species of Rhizopogon, a mycorrhizal fungus...that is to say a fungus in a symbiotic relationship with a conifer.

Pretty specific plant.
Sarcodes sanguinea is found in the Sierra Nevada region. My Dad and brother were there hiking, found this strange plant, and emailed it to me.

When I showed it to Adam, he said he saw some in Yosemite 3 years ago and showed me pictures, too!

It's common name is the snow plant.

Here and here are links for more info.

1 comment:

Nora said...

speaking of really cool plants--this website has free printable, extremely high res images of basically everything. i thought you might enjoy perusing the fungi:

print one out poster size at a kinkos, pop it into a frame, and voila: really inexpensive, unique artwork for a wall that needs a little something.