snow plant


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snow plant

n.
A fleshy saprophytic plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) in the heath family, native to western North America, having a scaly reddish stalk and scarlet flowers and typically emerging early in the spring.

snow plant

n
(Plants) a saprophytic plant, Sarcodes sanguinea, of mountain pine forests of W North America, having a fleshy scaly reddish stalk, no leaves, and pendulous scarlet flowers that are often produced before the snow melts: family Monotropaceae

snow′ plant`


n.
a leafless parasitic plant, Sarcodes sanguinea, of the wintergreen family, common in the Sierra Nevada in California and having a red flower spike and a thickly scaled stem.
[1840–50]
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Noun1.snow plant - a fleshy bright red saprophytic plant of the mountains of western North America that appears in early spring while snow is on the groundsnow plant - a fleshy bright red saprophytic plant of the mountains of western North America that appears in early spring while snow is on the ground
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
genus Sarcodes, Sarcodes - snow plant; in some classifications placed in family Pyrolaceae
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Contract award notice: Supply artificial snow plants.
More than 90 percent of the forest is not easily accessible to the public and there are still many pristine areas: Groves of yellow ponderosa at Big Cienega Springs; chaparral yucca jutting from the snow in the winters at Upper Tujunga; Lewis Falls cascading into a gorge; lupine, wild mustard and lipstick-red snow plants painting the landscape; great-horned owls, morning doves and white-breasted nuthatches hopping from tree to tree.
The trail is shaded by cathedral-like stands of red fir, interrupted by avalanche chutes dotted with wildflowers: elephanthead, Indian paintbrush, purple asters, red snow plants, pussy paws and yellow seep-spring arnica.