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Allotropa virgata
candystick, sugarstick

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.

Habitat: Deep humus of coniferous forests at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Myco-heterotrophic herbs with simple, fleshy stems 1-4 dm. tall and 5-10 mm. thick, white- and pink-striped.


Leaves alternate, numerous, scale-like, linear-lanceolate, pinkish to yellow-brown.


Inflorescence a spike-like raceme 5-20 cm. long; sepals 5, distinct, white to pinkish or brownish, about 5 mm. long; petals none; stamens 10, purplish, from about equal to twice as long as the sepals; pistil 5-carpellary, styles very short, stigma shallowly 5-lobed; ovary superior.


Fruit a capsule.

Accepted Name:
Allotropa virgata Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Pacif. Railr. Rep. 6(3): 80, 81. 1858.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Allotropa virgata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Allotropa virgata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Allotropa virgata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Allotropa virgata photos.

USDA Plants: Allotropa virgata information.

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