Formerly placed in a separate family, monotropaceae, monotropa hypopitys is now considered part of the ericaceae. All plant parts lack chlorophyll; nutrients are obtained only from decaying leaf matter.
Main flower color:
Scattered locations in England and Wales
Up to 20 cm
Deep shade in beech and pine woodland, and damp hollows in sand dunes
Pendent, bell-shaped, whitish yellow to pale pink, in a compact cluster at the top of the thick stem. Flowers are formed of four or five sepals, and the same number of petals, similarly-sized, and curving out at the tips. At the centre are eight or ten stamens and one pistil, topped by a yellow stigma
Small, scale-like, upwards-pointing
June to September