Etymology: Pterospora: from the Greek pteros, "a wing," and spora, "seed," thus "winged seed"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb with no chlorophyll; stems unbranched; parasitic on pine roots
Leaves: small, scale-like
Flowers: white to reddish, 5-parted, 1/4" long, bell-like shape, petals united; inflorescence a 4"-12" dense, terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme) with nodding, stalked flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: dry; conifer forests
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos