15 responses to “Aphyllon purpureum”

  1. Annie Morgan

    Have never seen this plant – though it’s so small it could easily escape notice.

  2. Susanne Lorbeer

    At last, a species I have seen locally (Cayuga Lake Basin in central NY). It was in flower from June 3 to 14, 2008. I have marked the location with a small metal sign, as it is in the Cornell Plantations Mundy Wildflower Garden, but I have not seen it reappear. There are plenty of Asteraceae in the area from which it might sap nutrients.

  3. SusanLayne Nielsen

    Thanks for the pointer to the Preserve! Always looking for a day-trip through a Conservancy acreage.

  4. Eric Simpson

    I’ve seen these flowers here and there in my travels up and down the California coast. Never knew they were parasitic.
    And thanks for the photography link. Though I’ve never been there, the gallery representing the photographer is ten minutes from my house. I’ll have to check it out. I highly recommend looking at his page of pics from Torrey Pines (State Park), also just down the road from me.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    this little blue flower shows up
    in the spring time in my space in time
    i agree about the other links
    i like the sand dunes very si fi
    thank you daniel

  6. AJ

    Andrea Wolfe at Ohio State University has used this genus of parasitic plants in her investigation of the molecular evolution of photosynthesis in green plants. Check out the link to her lab page: http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~awolfe/Lab/Lab.html. Since these plants do not have to reply on photosynthesis for nutrient acquisition, there have been some kind of interesting mutations in their chloroplast genomes.

  7. Barbara Sabath

    A few of these were pointed out to me on a hike April 25th at Catherine Creek–a few yards from the highway. Hard to spot but a fascinating plant. Glad to see it featured!

  8. Elizabeth

    So delicate and beautiful…
    Uniflora indeed!!

  9. dr. hawk

    A. purpureum yes, it does pop up here and there but so small and short-lived. Often found in CA-OR-WA with Sphagnum spp., Drosera rot.,Platanthera spp.in seepy areas.

  10. Charlie

    I found a HUGE patch of these in an old community garden field overgrown with invasives and sprouting up in surviving patches of solidago. And when I say huge, I mean THOUSANDS of flowers. All of them almost pure white here in SE CT. They’re so pretty.

  11. Ellen Burt

    This is the best image I’ve found yet for a flower I’ve fallen in love with. Some I’ve seen here in British Columbia are quite deep blue like this. What do people suspect them of parasitizing? One I’ve seen is in location with Montia parvifolia. Another batch were at subalpine elevation, which surprised me. (It was a very rich site botanically with all kinds of subalpine flowers) How does one figure out which species they’re parasitizing.

  12. Eric in SF

    People don’t suspect them of being parasites, we know they are. Plants in this genus do not have chlorophyll and have underground connections with plants around them for their nutrient needs.
    I always caution people that it’s inappropriate to confuse the human societal definition of “parasite” with the botanical definition. Plants that parasitize on others are a part of the ecology web and should not be removed, especially when you encounter them in nature and not in a garden.

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