Pterospora andromedea Nutt.
pinedrops (woodland pinedrops)
Ericaceae (Crowberry family)
(Previously in Monotropaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Allan Carson     (Photo ID #47132)


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Distribution of Pterospora andromedea
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a thick, ball-like, mass of roots; parasites on mycorrhizal fungi associated with trees; "stems" simple, erect, glandular-hairy and very sticky, 30-100 cm tall, reddish-brown; persistent after seed dispersal; lacking chlorophyll.
Scale-like, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, thick, crowded and usually overlapping like shingles at the base of the stem.
Inflorescence a many-flowered terminal raceme, usually equal in length to the rest of the stem; flower stalks bent downward, 5-15 mm long, glandular-hairy; corollas urn-shaped, 5-8 mm long, glabrous, pale yellow, the lobes 5, short, curved back; calyces glandular-hairy, about half length of corolla, of 5 free sepals; stamens 10, the anthers awned.
Capsules, nearly globe-shaped, 8-12 mm broad.
Stem and leaves can be considered part of the inflorescence.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Pterospora andromedea

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
850 200 1824
Slope Gradient (%)
25 0 90

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

194 10 354
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 1 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CWH(13), ESSF(3), ICH(8), IDF(20), MS(13), PP(1), SBPS(1), SBS(10)

Habitat and Range

Dry to mesic forests in the lowland and montane zones; infrequent in extreme S BC, infrequent northward along the coast and in C BC; N to AK, E to PQ and PE and S to CA, MX, MI, NY, and VT.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia