Snow Plants – Saprophytes

Snow Plants

Snow Plants

Flowering immediately after the snow clears (although this winter we had very little snow), bright red snow plants (Sarcodes sanguinea) are saprophytes. These snow plants were growing in the shady, deep humus of a ponderosa pine stand next to Eagle Lake (Lassen County CA).

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2 Responses to Snow Plants – Saprophytes

  1. Maria F. says:

    I still don’t understand well why they are called Saprophytes.

    • gingkochris says:

      A saprophyte is an organism that lives on dead organic matter. Saprophytes are not parasites (attached to the organism from which it gets its nourishment) nor do they manufacture their own food. This describes a snow plant.

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