Candystick - East Bank Trail

Allotropa virgata

Candystick, Barber's Pole, Sugarstick

 

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Allotropa

Binomial name Allotropa virgata

Torr. & Gray

 

An interesting fact from www.matsiman.com/allotropa.htm

"Allotropa, candy cane, is a parasite which indicates Matsutake mycelia. It feeds on the mycelia, taking the nutrients it needs. The mycelia must be present if the "plant" is. Allotropa has been noted with all host trees wherever Matsutake grows in the Pacific Northwest. "

 

East Bank Trail

Norht Cascades National Park

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Taken on June 22, 2008