Monday, April 23, 2012

Yosemite, California, USA

"In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be." Natalie Sleeth might have been talking about Yosemite's snow plants when she penned these lyrics. Snow plants are saprophytes: they have no photosynthetic ability. (They're not green, are they?) On the coniferous forest floor, these 'putrid plants' draw their nutrients from rotting detritus alone. [2005]

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