Pinesap Monotropa hypopitys Linnaeus    Synonyms: Hypopitys americana, Hypopitys hypopitys, Hypopitys lanuginosa.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Ericales   >   Family Ericaceae   >   Genus Monotropa   

Status:

Pinesap does not contain chlorophyll, so does not get its food through photosynthesis as most plants do. Pinesap is a mycoheterotroph, getting its food through parasitism upon fungi. These fungi derive their food via mycorrhizal associations with nearby tree roots.

Description:

4-14 inches tall. Stems with numerous scales. Flowers in a cluster.

Where to find:

Occurs in humus in woods throughout Maryland, but less commonly on the Eastern Shore (Brown and Brown, 1984).

There are 75 records in the project database.

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Pinesap blooming in Harford Co., Maryland (7/27/2019). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/27/2019). Photo by Aaron Coolman. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Cecil Co., Maryland (9/21/2014). Photo by Rod Simmons. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/7/2019). Photo by Aaron Coolman. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Howard Co., Maryland (9/7/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/11/2011). Photo by Elizabeth Ingianni. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/15/2019). Photo by Martha Johnston. (MBP list)

Pinesap blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (10/23/2009). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Howard Co., Maryland (7/31/2015). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Pinesap blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (7/27/2011). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Pinesap blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/4/2011). Photo by R. Child. (MBP list)

Pinesap in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (6/30/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/8/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Pinesap seed capsules in Howard Co., Maryland (10/31/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Pinesap in bloom in Harford Co., Maryland (9/18/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Charles Co., Maryland (10/7/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/26/2016). Photo by Elizabeth Miller. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Charles Co., Maryland (10/17/2016). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Howard Co., Maryland (7/20/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/13/1981). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/16/2016). Photo by Martha Johnston. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Pinesap growing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/8/2017). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/13/2020). (c) Lauren, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Lauren via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/22/2020). (c) dietrichses, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by dietrichses via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/4/2020). (c) jaxxsoon, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jaxxsoon via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/4/2020). (c) jaxxsoon, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by jaxxsoon via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Harford Co., Maryland (9/27/2020). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

Pinesap in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/8/2019). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)


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