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Idaho fen-hopping in 2006

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Pterospora andromedea:
Here is a close view of pinedrops I saw in the Idaho park. This saprophyte is commonly encountered in conifer woodlands. I guess that in addition to carnivorous plants, I am interested in parasites and saprophytes: plants with unconventional solutions to the challenges of obtaining nutrients.

Other images of Californian specimens of this species in various life stage include these juvenile inflorescences just emerging, and a mature inflorescence in fruit.

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