One of North America’s most intriguing native plants is in bloom now in Central Arkansas.
Pinesap (Monotropa hypopitys) is a parasitic plant found in high quality forests in scattered counties throughout Arkansas. You’re most likely to find it along the Arkansas River Valley and in Ouachita and Ozark mountain counties. It is in the blueberry family (Ericaceae).
Hikers encountering the plant frequently confuse it for a weird looking mushroom.
Article and photographs by ANPS member Eric Hunt