Plant Detail

Allotropa virgata

* Common Name:

sugarstick, candystick

* Genus:

Allotropa

* Species:

virgata

Subspecies:

* Family (scientific):

Monotropaceae

* Family (common):

Indian Pipe

Synonyms :

* Distribution in Canada:

British Columbia

 

Photographer: Brother Alfred Brousseau, F.S.C. (1908-1988), St. Mary's College.

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Habitat

Ecozone(s):

Pacific Maritime
Montane Cordillera

Natural Habitat(s):

Forest (over 65% cover)
Woodland (35-60% cover)

Habitat Garden(s):

Erosion Control?

Characteristics
 
Growing Conditions

* Plant Type:

Wildflower

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal

Light Requirements: Shade

Soil Requirements: Humus Enriched (forest floor)

Temperature Zone:

Evergreen?

No

Average Height:

10 to 50 cm

Tolerances:

Drought Tolerant

Flower Info
 
Fruit/Seed Info

Showy flowers?

Yes

Showy fruit/seeds?

No

Bloom time:

Jun to Sep

Edible for humans?

No

Flower Colour(s):

Purple, White/Cream, Pink

Fruit/Seed Colour(s):

Miscellaneous
 
Uses

Fragrant Flowers?

Urban Oasis, Stewards in the City, and Eco Superior are specific Evergreen programs that some plants are used in.

Fragrant Foliage?

Program & Other Uses:

Fall colours?

Distinctive bark?

Poisonous to humans?

Thorns or prickles?

Attracts wildlife?

Larval host for:

Provincial tree/flower?

Plant Watch species?

Interesting Tidbits
 
References

This plant grows infrequently in southwestern BC, mostly on southeast Vancouver Island. It has occasionally been reported in the montane area near Kamloops.

It is a mycotrophic plant with no chlorophyll and it obtains its nourishment from mycorrizal fungi, that are associated with nearby coniferous trees (sometimes hardwood trees(Lichthardt and Mancuso 1991)

In BC, it has been found in mesic to dry Douglas-fir forests in the lowland and montane zones at elevations of 30-900 metres on nutrient poor sites. (E-Flora BC)

The destruction of the overstory or ground cover in mature forests will adversely influence the plant. (NatureServe)

BEC Database

USDA PLANTS Database

E-Flora BC

NatureServe



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