Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Sweet Pinesap
Monotropsis odorata
Family: Monotropaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S2

Sandstone ridgetops, chiefly pine woods but also mesophytic woods.

Species Description:
Saprophytic perennial.

Flowering Period: Early February to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This is a saprophytic plant in the Indian-pipe family that does not have chlorophyll and is therefore colorless or white. It differs from typical Indian pipes in have united petals and nodding fruit.

While little is know about this small saprophytic plant, it is likely that extensive tree removal, erosion or other activites that degrade the forest community would be detrimental tot his species.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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