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snow plant

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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

First recorded in 1840–50
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  • The snow-plant is a curiosity and attracts by its brilliancy of color.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • Most interesting of all is the snow-plant (sarcodes san-guinea Torrey).

    The Lake of the Sky

    George Wharton James


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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