Monotropsis odorata Ell. - Carolina Beach Drops
Family - Monotropaceae
Flowering - February - April.
Habitat - Mixed deciduous woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This minute species has been rarely collected in Alabama and is either actually rare or just overlooked. The plant only grows to about 5cm tall and the chaffy leaves blend in very well with the forest floor. The plant is saprophytic on the roots of oaks. The flowers of the plant have white tips at first and then quickly turn completely reddish-pink like the rest of the plant.
Photographs taken at Hanging Rock State Park, NC., 3-22-03.