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snow plant

noun
1.
a leafless, parasitic plant, Sarcodes sanguinea, of the pine forests of the Sierra Nevada in California, having a stout spike of bright red flowers, a thickly scaled stem, and a corallike mass of roots.
Origin of snow plant
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • The snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) is more admired by tourists than any other in California.

    The Yosemite John Muir
British Dictionary definitions for snow plant

snow plant

noun
1.
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
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