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Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) means "the bloody flesh-like thing." They are known as snow plants because they can be seen right after the snow melts in the mountains. Snow plants do not have chlorophyll. They obtain nutrition from fungi located underneath the soil. These were seen in Redwood Canyon, Kings Canyon National Park, in California. Spider webs can be seen on the left side. They are one of my favorite plants because no other plant, that I have seen, looks like it.


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StarManWow... very alien looking!


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I have never seen anything like it either. Best regards.
Posted Jul 2, 2010 9:12 am

mountaingazelleRe: Wow... very alien looking!


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Thanks! I thought the same thing. Snow plants can be seen in California, Oregon, and Nevada. They prefer to grow in coniferous forest. I had seen them before but this was a large amount in one area.
Posted Jul 2, 2010 11:32 am

lcarreauI had been to Kings Canyon,


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but had never noticed them till now.

Suppose it'd be hard to miss them, due to
their intense "blood-red" color.
Posted Jul 3, 2010 12:13 am

mountaingazelleRe: I had been to Kings Canyon,


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Actually, I have seen them in several other areas in California. It’s just that I happened to visit Kings Canyon when all of the snow was melting in early June. These plants are easy to spot during that time.
Posted Jul 3, 2010 12:30 am



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I like unusual stuff like this!
Posted Jul 6, 2010 2:08 pm

mountaingazelleRe: Nice!


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Thank you! I like unusual stuff too and these snow plants are also pretty in a weird kind of way.
Posted Jul 6, 2010 7:54 pm

rpcnever seen those


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before (at least not exactly like that)! pretty wild looking!
Posted Jul 22, 2010 2:04 pm

mountaingazelleRe: never seen those


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Thanks! I had seen them before but not so many growing together. They are strange looking and easily noticeable!
Posted Jul 23, 2010 2:41 pm

CheesySciFiThat's pretty cool


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Sort of like the Indian Pipe we have in the east. I didn't know that any plants were parasites of fungi until a couple days ago. Really interesting stuff.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 10:50 pm

mountaingazelleRe: That's pretty cool


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Thank you! It is similar to Indian Pipe since they both lack chlorophyll. I found out about these plants after seeing them on many hikes in the Sierra Nevada and other ranges in California.
Posted Aug 1, 2010 3:03 pm

Tomek Lodowycolours

Tomek Lodowy

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are simply shocking, awesome!
Posted Nov 18, 2010 5:45 pm

mountaingazelleRe: colours


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Thanks Tomek! These plants can be a bright red colour. They grow right after the snow melts and stand out very much.
Posted Nov 18, 2010 9:53 pm



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very interesting plant. Never seen anything like that before.
Posted Jan 13, 2011 2:46 pm

mountaingazelleRe: mountaingazelle,


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Thanks Tim! This plant is common in California. They only grow in a certain type of environment and that's why we don't see them in Utah or Idaho.
Posted Jan 13, 2011 4:57 pm

gimpilatorThis is great


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It's a wonderful shot to start with but I really like your description as well.
Posted Mar 5, 2011 1:19 pm

mountaingazelleRe: This is great


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Thank you! I thought a description would be nice and I didn't expect to receive so many comments. These plants are strange but I like seeing them in the mountains as much as I like seeing wildflowers.
Posted Mar 6, 2011 12:24 pm

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Would you allow me to use your photograph of a Snow Plant in a book on Yosemite Valley? Please contact me at: kate.ogden@stockton.edu
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