New Mexico Wildflowers: Heath Family



Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Pinesap (Monotropa hypopitys)

Pinesaps neither need nor have chlorophyll, instead parasitizing the roots of conifers. The all-red flower shoots are easy to notice on the forest floor. As I watched in August 2021, a wild bee visited a pinesap shoot, so apparently their reproductive strategy is more conventional than their strategy for obtaining energy.


Green-Flower Wintergreen (Pyrola chlorantha)

The leaves for this species aren't the big, light green, lance-shaped leaves at the base of the flower stalk but the small, dark green, round leaves. I added red arrows so you can see which leaves actually belong to the plant.