Ron Hanko's photos with the andromeda

Spring?

Spring?
In Explore January 30, 2010, #257.

Taken in a neighbor's yard - we've had quite a bit of warmer weather and the buds are starting on the trees, the bulbs are poking up through the ground and some of the early flowering shrubs are starting to flower.
Added on January 30, 2010

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

Pinedrops

Pinedrops
These are the buds of the saprophytic, leafless plant, Pinedrops, Pterospora andromeda. We found this growing everywhere along the Old Blewett Road last summer, in some places in huge clumps and with some of the tallest spikes (3 ft.) we had ever seen.…
Added on January  4, 2013

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