Sarcodes sanguinea

Mid-May of this year, we were exploring areas in the northern reaches of Tahoe National Forest (elevation about 5,000 ft.) and came upon several locations where there were many snow plants – hundreds within a several acres (a couple of hectares).

The Sarcodes sanguinea is a parasitic plant that gets its nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi. This is necessary because it lacks cholorophyll and is unable to photosynthesize.

There were also Corallorhiza around. We had seen this before, snow plants and Corallorhiza, both maculate and striata, in the same area.

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