It may not look like much…

…but, this plant found in Bent Tree is pretty special.  The plant is Monotropa hypopitys (common name is pinesap).  Pinesap differs from most plants because it does not contain chlorophyll and does not produce its food through photosynthesis; therefore pinesap is not dependent on sunlight to grow.  It is very easy to overlook when walking through the woods. The USDA plant profile database shows no documented pinesap in Pickens County (click here for link).

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June 19, 2012 - pinesap plant in Bent Tree