What plant is that?

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Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016

The mystery plant for February has no chlorophyll and receives its nutrients from fungi growing in the soil.  This species has red, hairy stems, and red flowers. The leaves are reduced to scales along the stem of the plant.  The flowers are nodding at first and when open they are erect.  They remain erect in fruit.  This plant has a sister species which has tan stems and flowers and only recently have they been separated into two different species. This plant can be found growing in Oak woods and often forms large clumps.  It blooms in August and September.  This plant is very rare in RI.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Hypopitys languinosa
Common Name:
  Hairy Pinesap
  Ericaceae (Heath Family)
  Oak woods

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