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Giant Pinedrops - Pterospora andromedea

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

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General Description
Achlorophyllous, mycotrophic, perennial herb. Stems erect, unbranched, to 170 cm, dark reddish-brown, densely glandular hairy; stalks hardened, persistent, drying dark brown. Leaves scale-like, alternate, sessile, lance-shaped, reddish-brown. Inflorescence a crowded, elongate, terminal raceme of numerous, nodding flowers. Flowers hypogynous, 5-merous; calyx lobes linear-lanceolate, red, glandular-hairy; corolla urn-shaped, lobes revolute, yellowish, glabrous; stamens 10; ovary superior. Fruit a globose, 5-chambered capsule (Stickney in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
Western North America from British Columbia to Saskatchewan south to California and west Texas and disjunct in the east from from Ontario to Prince Edward Island south to Wisconsin and New Hampshire (historical) (Kartesz 1999). May also occur in Sonora.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 136

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Drier, coniferous forests; valleys, montane (Stickney in Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • DuBois, K.L. 1979. An inventory of the avifauna in the Long Pines of Southeastern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 113 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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