This slightly fragrant species resembles somewhat the Indian Pipe, to which it is closely related, and it is found in dry or rich woods from June to October. The thick, fleshy and slender flower stalk is either smooth or downy, and several of them spring in a cluster from a dense mass of fleshy, fibrous and parasitic roots. They grow from four to twelve inches high. The plant is leafless, and the stalk is covered with thin, small, tan-coloured, scaly bracts, which become more dense toward the base. The short-stemmed, oblong, bell-shaped flowers vary in colour from white and yellowish to pink, as do also the stalks. They are from three to five parted, with usually an equal number of fleshy sepals. Several flowers are arranged in a onesided, slightly drooping terminal cluster which becomes erect after the flowers mature. This species grows from Florida and Arizona far in to Canada, and seems to prefer the shade of beach, oak, and fir trees from the roots of which this uncanny plant absorbs its nourishment.
PINESAP. Monotropa Hypopitys.