Snow Plant

Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) on the Vetter Mountain Trail. This plant is native to Southern California and is considered a mycoparasite. They are parasites on fungi, but they don't kill the fungi. The roots of the Snow Plant contain fungi which extend into the conifer forest leaf litter in which Snow Plant grows. The Snow Plant is fed water and nutrients from the fungi. These fungi also extend into the roots of pines and other conifers.

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klwagar

klwagar - Sep 6, 2008 11:54 am - Voted 10/10

wow

awesome plant. I love finding mycoparasite type plants. They are always so interesting in their design.

SoCalHiker

SoCalHiker - Sep 7, 2008 11:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: wow

They are truly amazingly looking plants. Thanks for your vote. Cheers.

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