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Hypopitys monotropa
(formerly Monotropa hypopitys)

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa) Other common names: False Beechdrops, Hairy Pinesap

Other scientific names: Monotropa hypopitys, Hypopitys lanuginosa

French names: Monotrope du Pin

Family: Heath Family (Ericaceae), (Indian-pipe Family (Monotropaceae))

Distinctive features: Waxy appearance; cream-coloured stem; multiple flowers per stem.

Similar species:
  •   Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) - Pale white; one flower per stem.

  •   Squawroot (Conopholis americana) - Chunky stem; flowers along stem.

Flowers: Summer;  White, Red/Pink, Green/Brown;  5 parts (petals);  Waxy-looking.

Leaves: None

Height: Up to 15 cm (6 in)

Stem: Waxy looking.

Habitat: Forests

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 172    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 122, 232, 392   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 196 photographs available, of which 8 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Pinesap flowers are in a clump at the top of the stem. This is in contrast to Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), which has a single flower at the top of each stem.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Here are some of the current year's plants mixed in with the blackened plant stems left from the previous year.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Pinesap is yellowish.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Inside of the flowers.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

A patch of Pinesap plants.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Another nice patch of Pinesap under some Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)s.

Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

Seed pods developing in the late summer.

Range map for Pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)