Ron Hanko's photos with the pine-drops

Pine-drops

Pine-drops
Pterospora andromeda is a mycotrophic plant that lives in association with conifer trees. It gets its nourishment not through the process of photosynthesis and is in fact without chlorophyll, but through a symbiotic relationship with a soil fungus that f…
Added on March 10, 2012

Pine-drops

Pine-drops
These are not the same saprophytes I posted a day or two ago. Those were Pinesap, these are Pine-drops, Pterospora andromeda. Like the others, however, they are nearly leafless and without chlorophyll and both belong to the heather family. The flowers…
Added on March 23, 2013